FELIXSTOWE/TRIMLEY ST MARY: Friends dedicate bench in memory of teenager

FRIENDS of a popular teenager who died last year have unveiled a bench dedicated to his memory in the park where they used to play football as kids.

Kyle Donnelly, of Farriers Went, Trimley St Mary, died on Good Friday last year.

The bench, which has a plaque which reads “Kyle Donnelly the one and only”, has been put at the playing fields near The Grove, in Felixstowe.

Tom Bull, 19, who helped to arrange the memorial, said The Grove was the perfect place for the bench. He also paid tribute to his friend.

“It was devastating when Kyle died,” said Mr Bull, of Leopold Road. “There was a big hole in Felixstowe when he died.

“We thought it would be a nice idea to have a bench where we used to play football as kids.

“It will be a nice place for us to go to remember him.

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“You can sit over there and remember playing football and remember him for the fun loving guy that he was.

“He was an absolutely brilliant friend and the most caring person you could possibly imagine.

“He was always having fun, he was a brilliant friend.”

Former classmates and family of Mr Donnelly set about a number of memorial and charity events in the wake of his death, including a football match in Dellwood Avenue. The bench, which has cost about �600, was paid for with the proceeds of various charity fundraisers.

Mr Bull, who is studying at the University of Lincoln, added: “I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone in Felixstowe because everyone seems to have supported us.”