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Tributes flood in for two teenagers

PUBLISHED: 16:00 04 June 2003 | UPDATED: 13:57 03 March 2010

KIND-HEARTED Evening Star readers have started to pay their own tributes to the two 15-year-old boys killed last Friday.

With the backing of Dean's family, The Evening Star has launched an appeal for a memorial to Dean Bloomfield and Scott Towler.

KIND-HEARTED Evening Star readers have started to pay their own tributes to the two 15-year-old boys killed last Friday.

With the backing of Dean's family, The Evening Star has launched an appeal for a memorial to Dean Bloomfield and Scott Towler.

Within hours of yesterday's first edition hitting the streets, we were flooded with donations and offers to help.

Chris Lewis, 55, from Hatfield Road, Ipswich, runs Just One More Disco company. He is planning to hold a disco with all the money raised on the night going to the appeal. The ticket-only event will take place at The Haven pub in Felixstowe Road and starts at 7.30pm on Saturday, June 21.

The tickets will cost £3 each and there will be 100 on sale on a first-come, first-served basis. They will be on sale in The Haven pub and from Mr Lewis who can be contacted on 07949 231588.

Mr Lewis, who did not know either of the boys, said: "I have two grandchildren about the same age and that is the reason why I felt I had to do something." He adds that any donation for a prize draw to be held on the night of the disco would be appreciated.

Julie Cook, 43, from Felixstowe Road, Ipswich, was one of the first people to donate any money. Mrs Cook is a teacher at Rose Hill Primary School in Derby Road and called the crash a "tragic waste of life".

She said: "This just makes you realise how short life is and I am just so sorry for the parents. I think the worst thing is not being able to say goodbye."

A tearful Mrs Cook, who has two children, aged 14 and 12, added: "Because I have two kids myself and it is on my road it just gets to you. It is an awful thing to happen."

One woman, who declined to be named, brought a donation into the Evening Star offices and said: "I've got a 15-year-old daughter who walks up and down Bishops Hill and this accident really did touch me. It just makes you realise how lucky you are.

"I walked along Bishop's Hill today and I saw the flowers and it does make you think. It just shows how easy it is to walk into town and never come back again."

Tributes have also been pouring in to the special page on the Evening Star website including one from Glenda Harrigan.

She said: "How tragic that two young lives should be so suddenly ended. My heart goes out to their families. I just can't imagine how you ever come to terms with such sudden and senseless loss."

You can contribute to the appeal by sending donations to: The Evening Star, c/o Geraldine Thompson, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN.

Cheques should be made payable to the Evening Star and will be put in a special account for the fund.

Readers can also send us their own tributes through a special page opened on our website.

Visit the site at www.eveningstar.co.uk and click on the tribute icon to leave your message.

You can also e-mail your tribute to starnews@eveningstar.co.uk.

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