Parents in moving tribute to tragic son

GRIEVING parents of a 20-year-old killed in a horror smash on a Suffolk road today paid tribute to their “caring and loving” son.

GRIEVING parents of a 20-year-old killed in a horror smash on a Suffolk road today paid tribute to their “caring and loving” son.

Plasterer Darren Welton died following a single-vehicle road traffic collision on the A145 at Henham on January 23.

His mother and stepfather, Sally and John Stobbart, said Mr Welton, a keen footballer and golfer, “lived life to the full”.

“He was a kind, caring and loving person who was never embarrassed to give a hug and kiss to anyone, no matter where he was,” they said.

“His smile was so big that, for that alone he will be remembered.

“He was worshipped by his younger brothers, Tom and William, who he loved deeply.

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“Although we had some trying times with Darren in his teenage years, he had turned a corner and had become a wonderful young man, which we were all so proud of.

“He will be so deeply missed, and we cannot understand why he was so tragically taken from us.”

Mr Welton grew up in Leiston but was living in Kelsale at the time of his death.

He died in hospital after the accident, which happened at 7.10am.

The crash also claimed the life of Samuel Fordham, 28, of Saxmundham.

Darren's father, Kevin, said: “I was so proud of Darren and I loved him so very much.

“I feel fortunate to have shared so many happy and fantastic times with him during his short but very full life.

“Darren was my pride and joy, my life and soul.

“Life will never be the same without Darren, he meant so much to us all and we will hold him close in our hearts for ever.”

Would you like to pay tribute to Darren Welton? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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