Singing in memory of Dean and Scott

IN a heart-rending tribute to teenagers Dean Bloomfield and Scott Towler, an Ipswich karaoke star held a musical event to raise money for the Dean and Scott memorial appeal.

IN a heart-rending tribute to teenagers Dean Bloomfield and Scott Towler, an Ipswich karaoke star held a musical event to raise money for the Dean and Scott memorial appeal.

The Smokey Karaoke team presented a day of music in Arras Square outside the Buttermarket Shopping Centre in Ipswich, raising at least £1,100 – with much more to come.

The event was held in memory of Dean and Scott, who were both 15, who were killed after being knocked down by a car as they walked along Fore Hamlet in May.

Scott's mum, Trish King, kicked off the event on Saturday.


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She said: "I would like to thank everyone so much for everything. I am sure Dean and Scott are looking down on us today. So everybody enjoy yourselves and thank you."

The event began with a rendition of Dean's favourite song – Hero by Enrique Iglesias.

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Beverley Tyrell, Heidi Dolen, El Soul Vis – an Elvis impersonator - and Irie J also took to the stage, with people performing karaoke in between.

There was also a balloon race, balloon modelling and face-painting.

Organiser Bill Thornhill from Ipswich said: "I wanted to do something to help the families especially after seeing the tributes on Bishop's Hill I thought I'd organise a raffle and it turned into this."

In addition to the money raised on the day, Smokey Karaoke has so far raised £950 in raffle ticket sales – for top prizes such as £100 cash and a DVD player.

Mr Thornhill said: "On Saturday we were taking money to the bank every hour and at the last count there was more than £1,100 paid in, with more to come from other events lined up. Our aim is to raise between £3,500 and £4,000 for the Dean and Scott appeal."

He said he wished to than everyone who took part in Saturday's event and for all those who supported it.

Former Ipswich Town footballer Kevin Beattie and Evening Star cartoonist Jock will draw the raffle winners on August 30 at the Loco Club in Station Street

On the same night the team will host a charity auction. One of the prize lots will be a place on a hot air balloon to broadcast live with Radio Suffolk presenter and Star columnist Bob Shelley.

n. Anyone wishing to donate to the Dean and Scott Appeal should send cheques made out to the appeal, c/o Geraldine Thompson, Editor's secretary, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN.

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