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Memorial for teenage fire victim

PUBLISHED: 15:00 26 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:34 03 March 2010

FRIENDS and family of Felixstowe flat fire victim Will Stokes will be able to remember him while sitting on a bench overlooking a view he enjoyed so much.

FRIENDS and family of Felixstowe flat fire victim Will Stokes will be able to remember him while sitting on a bench overlooking a view he enjoyed so much.

Work colleagues at the Ramsholt Arms pub at Shottisham have kindly donated the money they had collected for their annual staff party to buy the bench in memory of the popular 19-year-old.

It is being made of solid wood and will have a carved inscription dedicating it to Will, who was working at the pub to raise cash for travel abroad.

He had dreamt of touring Australia and New Zealand and was saving hard for the trip, which he had hoped to undertake later this year.

Other money has also been collected at the pub and this is to be donated to the appeal for a memorial for both Will and his friend Rob Giles, 18, who were both killed in the fierce blaze in a top-floor flat in Holland Road, Felixstowe.

The memorial fund has already reached £1,000 thanks to contributions from neighbours, friends, fans of the pop/rock band Boot50 in which Rob played, Suffolk businesses, The Evening Star and Felixstowe Town Council.

Ramsholt Arms landlord Patrick Levy said the bench was being made and when it was finished, Will's parents, Chris and Eve Stokes, from Bawdsey, would be invited to come and see it put in place.

"We are going to put it in a peaceful position overlooking the River Deben and the estuary so that people can sit and look at this lovely view which he enjoyed so much and think and remember him," said Mr Levy.

Mr Levy said a collection had also been held on the bar in the pub and several donations had been received in the post from Evening Star readers who had read about the appeal and wanted to contribute.

All this money would be donated to boost the appeal.

The fire at the property in Felixstowe on August 29 shocked the community.

Although smoke alarms went off and alerted others living in the property in Holland Road, the pair never woke up and were engulfed in smoke as they slept.

WEBLINKS: www.boot50.com

n If you want to contribute to the fund, send a cheque to Geraldine Thompson, Editor's secretary, Fire Appeal, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN. Cheques should be made payable to The Evening Star Fire Appeal.

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