Laura's colleagues remember their friend

COLLEAGUES of Laura Garner today spoke of her infectious smile and dedication as they come to terms with her tragic death.

COLLEAGUES of Laura Garner today spoke of her infectious smile and dedication as they come to terms with her tragic death.

Miss Garner, of North Hill Gardens, Ipswich, died after falling from the Orwell Bridge on Wednesday.

She had been working as financial services advisor for Experiences Connect in Whitehouse Road, Ipswich, where she was a “valued member of staff”.

Her boss said she had great ability to identify with the customer.

Managing director Jonathan Garnham said: “Laura was a valued member of staff who helped hundreds of people to try to claim money back for poor performing financial products.

“She had her issues outside work, but she was a lovely personality and it was great having her around.

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“She put the customers at ease and made them laugh. Her enthusiasm, dedication and smile were infectious and she will be sorely missed.”

Meanwhile, people continue to pay tribute to Miss Garner, who was around 20 years old, on The Evening Star website.

Claire Curlew said: “My heart goes out to the family and friends of the young girl.”

Sarah Woolven added: “Rest in peace and condolences to your family at this time. I did not know you personally, but you were known to other members of my family who are very upset to hear of what has happened.”

A relative of Miss Garner said they have taken great comfort in the kind messages that have flooded in following her death.

An inquest is due to take place into the incident after she was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Floral tributes have been left on top of the Orwell Bridge in memory of the popular young woman. The flowers lie poignantly close to the Samaritans' helpline phone beside the Felixstowe-bound carriageway.

Among the tributes is one from 'GWA', which says: “Laura, I'll never forget how happy you always made me. I just wish you were still here but hope that you're finally happy. Love always”.

Others read:

“I loved you to bits. Will always remember the good times we had and all the laughs, Bethan”

“I hope now where you are with the angels you have found your peace and can see I love you and won't ever stop. Enjoy your peace. You deserve to be happy. Love Tuesday.”

Laura babe can't explain how much I am going to miss you. I wish you were here for the party on Saturday. Would be a laugh with you. I know in my heart you and at peace now and have no worry anymore. Sex and the City girls forever.Sarah”