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Gallery: Crash victim defies odds to switch on Ipswich’s Christmas lights

16:55 24 November 2012

Kieran Seymour, pictured at home in Ipswich, is set to turn on the town

Kieran Seymour, pictured at home in Ipswich, is set to turn on the town's Christmas lights this weekend.


SEVEN years ago Kieran Seymour’s parents were told to expect the worst as the youngster was left fighting for his life after being involved in a horrific crash.


Christmas switch-on running order

Today the happy and healthy 13-year-old, who has had to overcome serious injuries following the crash in London Road, is preparing to light up the town for Christmas.

Kieran, who was just six at the time, suffered a serious head injury and badly broken legs and was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge in a critical condition after a motorbike ploughed into him, his grandparents and younger brother, Ethan, as they crossed London Road, after a day out at Chantry Park, in August 2005.

He endured three operations and spent months recovering, with numerous physiotherapy sessions to help him learn to walk again.

To mark the teenager’s incredible bravery, his mum Samantha Seymour, of Shrubland Avenue, Ipswich, nominated him for the Ipswich Star’s competition to win the opportunity to turn the town’s Christmas lights.

Kieran will take to the Town Hall balcony on Sunday to lead the countdown with fellow competition winner Freya Streatfield and Father Christmas to light up the town.

In her letter, she said: “I am proud of Kieran and the hard work and effort he puts in to be able to achieve the things he has, and would love for him to have the opportunity to take part in such a spectacular event.

“Yes, his accident was horrific, but to me he should be proud of the scars and injuries that he bears as it shows he is a survivor and fighter.”

Mrs Seymour, 43, who lives with husband Shaun, 42, and nine-year-old son Ethan, said Kieran was “lucky and survived against the odds”.

She added: “Kieran still has to see a physio a few times a year and has a specialist doctor to help him with memory techniques.

“He wears a splint which helps with the way he walks and has one of his shoes raised because there is a slight difference in the length of his legs, but he is willing to give anything a go and always remains positive.”

As a result of the accident, Ethan suffered a cut head and broken leg and the pair’s grandfather Brian Seymour, who has since died, lost both of his legs.

Their grandmother Christine Seymour, 58, died from the injuries she received in the crash.

Mrs Seymour added: “I think Kieran and Ethan’s grandparents would have been very proud of who they are and what they have become today.

“I was over the moon that Kieran won the competition because I didn’t think he would stand a chance but I thought ‘why shouldn’t I nominate him?’”

Kieran, now in Year 9 at Westbourne Sports College, said: “I’m really excited for the big switch-on and couldn’t believe it when mum told me I’d won. I was really surprised but it’s going to make Christmas extra special for us all this year.”

n Have you survived against the odds? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail

n In April 2006, motorcyclist Christopher Bainbridge, of Lincoln Close, was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving. He was jailed for three-and-a-half years and banned from the road for three years.

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  • Not quite Lenny Henry!

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    R2 D2

    Friday, November 23, 2012


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    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • Kieran, you're an inspiration, enjoy switching the lights on :) we'll be there to see it xxx

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    claire calver

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • Congratulations Kieran! Everyone at the charity so pleased to see that you and your brother are doing so well after we came out to help you a few years ago. Enjoy every second! Helen Doman, East Anglian Air Ambulance.

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    HelenD, EAAA

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • At least the powers that be are actually having a switch on this year!! Not like last years washout..

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    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • R2D2: NO ... BETTER than an ordinary celebrity; instead we have a REAL brave local celebrity. And this story is also a great tribute to the NHS at its best. This means the East Anglian Air Ambulance Service onwards. How important to ensure the NHS is not destroyed by government cuts (and, no, I do not work for the NHS).

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    Saturday, November 24, 2012

  • It might be an idea when the Evening Star wishes to play God by publishing the motorcyclists name and address for no apparent reason after he has served his sentence, that he probably didn't intend to kill that day when he broke the speed limit. He still has to live with the consequences of what he did, but there is an unsavoury recent attitude by the media to decide and publish what they consider to be their "duty" rather than stick to reporting "news". One reason why I don't buy newspapers and magazines, and only watch a limited amount of tv news politicians etc once the facts begin to need embellishment with waffle to make a point.

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    Sarky Sage

    Sunday, November 25, 2012

  • Johnthebap - yes a nice heartwarming story and no doubt (for once) the NHS deserve some credit but - the town is dying on its feet, the town centre shops need the trade and a name might just bring more people into the town to spend money. It looks like it's all being done on the cheap, by all means give him his 5 minutes but along side someone who can draw a crowd. Sometimes you have to be hardheaded and not sentimental.

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    R2 D2

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

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