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Big night for appeal

PUBLISHED: 12:33 22 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:53 03 March 2010

FRIDAY night out on the town in Felixstowe this week will be a bit special at one club as revellers will help boost an appeal in memory of two teenagers killed in a tragic blaze.

FRIDAY night out on the town in Felixstowe this week will be a bit special at one club as revellers will help boost an appeal in memory of two teenagers killed in a tragic blaze.

Central Park nightclub in Sea Road is to donate all its entrance money from the evening to the fund for fire victims Will Stokes, 19, and Rob Giles, 18.

The club is holding a fun Old School St Trinian's Night tomorrow – and everyone is being encouraged to go along in appropriate fancy dress.

Lorraine Moseley, who runs the club with her brother Mark, said the club had decided to help because it felt it would be "a really good cause to support".

She said: "The young men lived in a street just around the corner from the club and many of their age group come in here on Friday and Saturday nights.

"I am sure some of them will probably also have known them, and they will certainly know about the awful fire in which they died."

It will be £2 a head entry fee to the night and it is hoped it will be a well supported event.

The appeal fund stands at more than £1,000 and has been swelled thanks to donations from local businesses, neighbours, friends, fans of the pop/rock band Boot50 in which Rob played, The Evening Star and Felixstowe Town Council.

The young men were killed when a fierce blaze engulfed their top-floor flat in Holland Road, Felixstowe.

Although smoke alarms went off and alerted others living in the property, the pair never woke up.

Fire investigators believe the blaze was caused either by a candle or an electrical fault in a TV, but the damage was so bad they will never know the truth.

Rob had taken on the flatlet two weeks before the fire and Will, of Bawdsey, was just staying over for the night when the blaze happened.

Rob was a talented young guitarist and many people felt he had a bright future ahead in the music business with the upcoming band Boot50.

Will was working at the Ramsholt Arms pub at Shottisham to raise cash for travel abroad. He had dreamt of touring Australia and New Zealand and was saving hard for the trip, which he had hoped to undertake later this year.

WEBLINKS: www.boot50.com

n If you would like to contribute to the fund, send a cheque to Geraldine Thompson, Editor's secretary, Fire Appeal, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN. Cheques should be made payable to The Evening Star Fire Appeal and the money will be placed in a special account.

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