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Terri's terrific time in Yarmouth

PUBLISHED: 02:06 30 May 2002 | UPDATED: 12:01 03 March 2010

TERRI Calvesbert has opened one of Great Yarmouth's best-known attractions.

The five-year-old, who was just short of her second birthday when fire raged through her Ipswich home leaving her with 85 per cent burns, enjoyed the honour.

TERRI Calvesbert has opened one of Great Yarmouth's best-known attractions.

The five-year-old, who was just short of her second birthday when fire raged through her Ipswich home leaving her with 85 per cent burns, enjoyed the honour.

She opened the Winter Gardens with the town's mayor John Hudson, and other dignitaries.

Terri's dad Paul, 27, from Ipswich said: "Terri had a great time in Yarmouth. She really enjoyed the day.

"She was asked to let some balloons go, but she didn't want to let them disappear!

"Then she played in the ball park, and built sandcastles on the beach. We also had a look round pier."

The pair stayed at Leahurst Guest House in the town, after the owners Eddie and Jill Maguire heard of Terri's story and donated a weekend's stay. Eddie had contacted the Evening Star to offer her a holiday after seeing her on tv.

He then contacted Sue McElroy, marketing and advertising manager for Family Amusements, to try to arrange some entertainment for Terri.

Sue had been looking for a youngster to do the honours, when she heard Terri was to be on holiday nearby.

She said: "We have a great new children's area called the Jungle inside the Winter Gardens, also a bistro, beer garden and bars for families to enjoy. We are honoured to have Terri open the venue for us."

The event was also filmed for a new Cover Story documentary to be screened in future.

n The Star's fund for Terri has topped £100,000 and donations can be sent to Geraldine Thompson, Editor's Secretary, The Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN.

The Star's current appeal is for a sports pavilion for Trimley, in memory of murder victim Vicky Hall. Donations can be sent to the same address.


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