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Family's thanks to friends

PUBLISHED: 15:50 29 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:28 03 March 2010

A GRIEVING family has said a huge thank you to the friends of their dead son who have given them such support.

John Minns, 24, was killed in July while working on the central reservation of the A12 near to Capel St.

A GRIEVING family has said a huge thank you to the friends of their dead son who have given them such support.

John Minns, 24, was killed in July while working on the central reservation of the A12 near to Capel St. Mary.

Today his devastated family said how overwhelmed they have been by the support of John's many friends since his death.

His mother Maggie, of Bond's Corner in Grundisburgh told how more than 300 people turned up to his funeral last month.

She said: "I knew about 150 would turn up but never knew that there would be that many.

"When we got to the church the vicar said that all the youngsters were out on the village green and many of them were in tears.

"He said it was really overwhelming to see them all."

In a touching tribute, eight of his friends came forward to carry the coffin into the St. Mary the Virgin Church where the funeral was held.

The former Farlingaye High School pupil was heavily involved with club night promoters Pam's House, who nicknamed him 'Minge the Cow' because of his trademark cow outfit.

Mrs Minns said that some of the Pam's House crowd wrote a poem that they read out at the funeral and then posted up on their internet site along with lots of pictures of John.

They also held a tribute night to him at Club M in Newmarket on August 11.

Mrs Minns said: "They were showing slides of John and everything."

Pam's House did a huge collection for the family as did the Grundisburgh Dog Pub where John was a regular, Palmer Fencing, where he had worked since he was 15, and friends from Otley and Bramford.

John had only moved to Bramford in April and bought his own house close to his friend Johnny Blair.

Mrs Minns said: "They came round with this collection so we could put it toward the funeral and give him a really good send off.

"They were just amazing – it is really good to know that he had such good friends.

"I do want to say a special thank you to Johnny Blair – he was the reason John moved to Bramford and he was like a brother to him."

His friends also made a huge collage of mementoes from the good times they had all had with John that was hung up at the funeral along with three other displays that his family had made about his life.

Although Mrs Minns said that everyone has been supportive she also particularly wanted to thank the Reverend Norman Davis who took the funeral service.

She said: "It was a lovely service as he had known John since he was a little boy.

"I also want to thank Pc Phil Brown who attended the scene of the accident.

"He has been amazing and has been to see me a lot and it seems to me he has gone above his duty."

Mrs Minns said the whole family, his father John, 15-year-old sister Charlotte and 20-year-old brother Paul, wanted to say thank you to all the people who had helped them.

She said: "We have had more than 70 cards and 41 lots of flowers.

"We just did not realise that he had so many friends."

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