Final details unveiled
FINAL details were today unveiled for the celebration football match to mark the official opening of the memorial to murdered schoolgirl Vicky Hall.Ipswich Town are sending a team of former stars and manager Joe Royle to Trimley St Mary for the game, which is expected to attract huge crowds.
FINAL details were today unveiled for the celebration football match to mark the official opening of the memorial to murdered schoolgirl Vicky Hall.
Ipswich Town are sending a team of former stars and manager Joe Royle to Trimley St Mary for the game, which is expected to attract huge crowds.
They will play a special team from the Trimley Red Devils - which will include Vicky's brother Steven and some of his friends.
The sixth former regularly used to go along and cheer them on.
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Club chairman Bob Race said the Ipswich Town coach was expected to arrive at the memorial pavilion on the village's Stennetts Memorial Playing Field at around 6.20pm tomorrow .
Before that, between 5pm and 6pm, there will be an opportunity for people to look round the new £260,000 building, and from 6pm to 6.20pm invited guests will be able to have a tour of the facilities.
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The official opening ceremony, to be carried out by Mr Royle with Vicky's parents Graham and Lorinda Hall, will take place at 6.45pm.
The match will then start at 7pm and be 40 minutes each way.
Mr Race said a souvenir programme will be on sale for a £1 with a lucky number draw to win a football signed by Ipswich Town players, and there will be a raffle with a prize of a signed shirt.
There will also be a barbecue.
"We are providing parking on the field to get as many cars off the local streets as we can and the coach will pull right into the new pavilion car park for the players to get off," he said.
"We are keeping our fingers crossed for good weather and hope the whole community will come along to support what should be a great event."
The campaign to build a permanent and fitting memorial to 17-year-old Vicky - who was abducted and killed after walking home from a night out in Felixstowe - was launched within months of her death five years ago.
Fundraising spearheaded by The Evening Star raised £100,000 as local people held a variety of events and organisations, companies and grant-giving bodies gave donations.
The sum was then boosted by a £210,000 grant from the Football Foundation -£160,000 towards the pavilion and £50,000 for a mini soccer academy.
See inside for Vicky Hall memorial 8-page special.