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Memories of Vicky will live on

PUBLISHED: 18:10 19 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:21 03 March 2010

IT was a warm and infectious smile, which will always live on in the memories of all who knew her.

It burst on to her face like sunshine when she spotted someone she knew, when she felt happy, heard a song she loved, or something funny.

IT was a warm and infectious smile, which will always live on in the memories of all who knew her.

It burst on to her face like sunshine when she spotted someone she knew, when she felt happy, heard a song she loved, or something funny.

To all her family and friends, Vicky Hall was the girl with the "golden smile", a smile which lit up people's lives like a candle.

It was a sign, too, that she cared. A sign that Vicky was on your side.

Her closest friends had no doubt that she was loyal, trustworthy, and reliable – that she would always be there for you.

During her important, formative teenage years, she was part of a very close-knit group of friends who went out together, played, chatted and laughed together. They stuck together.

Of this group, she was closest to Gemma Algar, now 19, who she had known since primary school and became best friends with when they moved to Orwell High School, Maidstone Road, Felixstowe.

Gemma has cried a lot in the past two years and every day still thinks of the best friend she has lost. They were together that fateful night. They walked home from the Bandbox, carrying their shoes, laughing and chatting in the warm night air, until they parted at the corner of High Road and Faulkeners Way.

Neither of them knew it was the last time they would ever see each other.

Vicky shouted goodnight and that she would ring the next day. It was a phone call that would never come. Minutes later she was gone forever.

"I know that Vicky has gone and nothing will bring her back, but she is still in my heart and mind every day," said Gemma during one of several

personal appeals she made for information to help the police.

"I have thought about that evening so many times. I go over the 'what ifs' and the 'if onlys'.

"I think how the situation could have been

different, if we had done other things, come home later or earlier, got a taxi home, or if she had walked down the road with me or I had walked down the road with her, or we had

telephoned her dad like we usually did."

The pair had been exceptionally close. They were inseparable and saw each other or spoke on the phone every day – many people said they were like sisters.

They were each other's confidant. They discussed all the things teenage girls do – boys, clothes, gossip, music, school, work, who they met and where they went.

"We were always there for each other and we both knew that. She was a happy lively person with a lovely smile," said Gemma.

"I miss her so much. I miss talking to her, our

telephone calls, going out shopping together."

Vicky cared deeply for Gemma and was always there for her, and she also cared for her other friends, too. She loved the times they spent together – though like all teenage girls, they had their ups and downs, fought over boys, and loved to have fun.

Together with Gemma, Kaye Ayriss, Tamsin Parkes, Amy Danells and Helen Rogowski, she shared

sleepovers, nights out, birthday celebrations.

They created a girl band called Energy together so they could dance and sing for fun. They made up dance routines and even recorded themselves for fun. On another occasion they dressed as the Spice Girls with the blonde Vicky as Baby Spice, Emma Bunton.

Another time, they dressed up as Rugrats and entered Trimley Carnival.

"We won first prize and then did nothing but argue about the money for the next couple of months! There are memories which will stay with me for the rest of my life," said Tamsin.

Helen said: "I have known Vicky since we were babies and we grew up together. She always had a smile on her face and it is a smile I will never forget.

"I thank her for being the best friend I ever had and could ever want and I will miss her always."

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