Book of Remembrance for tragic Lucy

FRIENDS of a teenager killed in a road accident in Suffolk are to remember their schoolmate in a Book of Remembrance.Lucy Simmons' classmates, along with staff at Northgate High School in Ipswich, have been invited to contribute to the book, which will then be presented to Lucy's parents.

FRIENDS of a teenager killed in a road accident in Suffolk are to remember their schoolmate in a Book of Remembrance.

Lucy Simmons' classmates, along with staff at Northgate High School in Ipswich, have been invited to contribute to the book, which will then be presented to Lucy's parents.

Lucy, of Eye Road, Rishangles, was killed in an accident in the village where she lived on Tuesday morning. The green Volkswagen car she was driving hit a tree while she was on her way to school.

The teenager, pictured here on the special night of the prom ball in 2004, was pronounced dead at the scene and police are still appealing for witnesses.

Neil Watts, headteacher at Northgate High School, said: “The Book of Remembrance could include photos, poems, artefacts - because art played such an important part of Lucy's life - as well as messages and memories.

“Members of staff are as affected by this as the pupils so they will be contributing as well.

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“It is a good way of channelling their grief, they all feel as if they are doing something.”

Mr Watts added: “I have no idea how long it will take to complete. It will take as long as it needs to take. Not everyone feels they are able to contribute yet. For some it just is not time. We only have one more day before half term, and the funeral is during half term.

“For those who do want to contribute, they feel they are doing something for a lovely girl - a lovely, lovely girl.”

Mr Watts said at the moment the school was taking a low key approach to talking through the tragedy.

“We are talking to everyone in a low key, quiet way. There is always someone with time to talk, but if anyone feels like they need counselling then we will help with that.”

A special sixth form assembly will be held in the future after further liaison with the family.

He said: “That will be a celebration of her life. She was an individual and that will be reflected in the special assembly we hold.”

Friends have already paid tribute to Lucy, describing her as a “beautiful, vivacious and intelligent” 17-year-old.

Anyone with any information about the accident should contact police on 01473 613500.

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