Countdown to opening of Vicky's memorial

EXCITEMENT is building today as four years of campaigning and hard work is due to come to an end when the much awaited memorial to Vicky Hall is opened.

EXCITEMENT is building today as four years of campaigning and hard work is due to come to an end when the much awaited memorial to Vicky Hall is opened.

The Evening Star has spearheaded the campaign to build a fitting tribute to the murdered Trimley schoolgirl since her death in 1999.

And on Wednesday, when a special football match takes place at the Stennett's Memorial Playing Field, the sports pavilion built in 17-year-old Vicky's honour will be the star of the show.

The £260,000 memorial pavilion will be managed by the Trimley Red Devils and will be used for different sports and community groups, many involving young people.


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A special Red Devils team has been put together for the opening event and they will play a testimonial style match against the Super Blues, who will be brought along by Ipswich Town manager Joe Royle.

The Ipswich side will feature stars of the past and future and will arrive in the official Ipswich Town coach.

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In a further fitting tribute, Vicky's brother Stephen will play in the Red Devils team alongside many of the players Vicky would regularly support and cheer on.

Graham and Lorinda Hall, Vicky's parents, will unveil a plaque to officially name the pavilion - which will be known as Victoria Hall.

They will meet with Red Devils chairman Bob Race ahead of the event and will be joined by locals to look around the new facility.

The appeal launched by The Star in memory of Vicky raised £310,000 - £100,000 from fundraising and a £210,000 grant from the Football Foundation.

Of the foundation's grant, £160,000 has gone towards the building of Victoria Hall and £50,000 will pay for a football development programme.

Vicky went missing as she walked home from a nightclub in September 1999. A murder inquiry was launched after her body was found a week later in a ditch 24 miles away at Creeting St Peter.

Tomorrow: Special 8-page souvenir supplement to mark the Victoria Hall Pavilion Commemorative Match.

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