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Tragic musician honoured by Ipswich Town

PUBLISHED: 08:31 25 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:34 03 March 2010

TRAGIC rock guitarist and Ipswich Town fan Rob Giles will be remembered with a poignant tribute at the club's Portman Road stadium on Sunday.

Family and friends of the 18-year-old, who was killed in a house fire in Felixstowe on August 29, have arranged the memorial before the Blues' match with Premiership leaders Leeds United.

TRAGIC rock guitarist and Ipswich Town fan Rob Giles will be remembered with a poignant tribute at the club's Portman Road stadium on Sunday.

Family and friends of the 18-year-old, who was killed in a house fire in Felixstowe on August 29, have arranged the memorial before the Blues' match with Premiership leaders Leeds United.

It will include the airing of a song co-written and performed by Rob with his Boot50 bandmates to celebrate Ipswich Town's top-flight success, called These Are The Days.

The former Farlingaye High School pupil had dreamed of performing at Portman Road and his guitar will be placed on the centre spot of the Portman Road pitch for the duration of the song.

Talented musician Rob was originally from Coddenham but moved to Felixstowe two weeks before his death in a house blaze which also claimed the life of friend William Stokes, 19, of Bawdsey.

Following the accident at the property in Holland Road, Boot50's website was closed down and transformed into a tribute for grieving family, friends and fans of the band.

There are also plans for a tribute concert to take place at the Army & Navy in Chelmsford, where Boot50 played three days before Rob died.

The musician's life was celebrated at a music-based service at St Mary's Church, Coddenham, on September 7 and Boot50's singer and rhythm guitarist Marcus Legg said Sunday's tribute at Portman Road would provide a fitting farewell to the avid Blues supporter.

"It will be about the other side to his life, other than music. He loved football and Ipswich Town and it was after the play-off final that he was inspired to write These Are The Days," he said.

"This will be a fantastic tribute to Rob and it shows that while Ipswich Town are involved in a multi-million pound business these days, they still have time and appreciation for their fans."

Rob's close friend and Boot50 drummer Jonathan Robinson, also of Coddenham, will place the guitar on the centre spot after the crowd have heard a tribute written by his mother Maggie Giles, which is set to be printed in Sunday's matchday magazine.

Mrs Giles had left Coddenham with Rob and taken up a new teaching post in Tanzania. Her poignant tribute to her son reads: "His dream was to develop a career as a guitarist and in Boot50 he found three musical soul-mates whose commitment and ambitions matched his own."

She said Rob was "confidently embarking on an independent adult life" and that his dreams were "on the threshold of fulfilment" when his life was tragically cut short.

"He spent his last evening happily with his friends, playing the guitar and making music in the way that he loved to do. All those who knew Rob will remember him as an intelligent, funny and supremely easy-going character."

She continued: "I took enormous pride in his skills and talents, but most of all in his warmth of personality and his ability to disarm all with whom he came into contact. I loved his company and treasured every moment I spent with him."

Mrs Giles, a former head of music at Farlingaye High School, said Rob's dream was to perform his music at Portman Road and that the pre-match tribute would be "the fulfilment of a wish very close to his heart."

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