Vicky memorial takes shape

VISITORS to a village sports field today can now see exactly how big the memorial to murdered schoolgirl Vicky Hall will be.Contractors building the new £250,000 sports pavilion which will bear her name are making good progress with work on the footings and floorbase completed.

VISITORS to a village sports field today can now see exactly how big the memorial to murdered schoolgirl Vicky Hall will be.

Contractors building the new £250,000 sports pavilion which will bear her name are making good progress with work on the footings and floorbase completed.

Bricks and breeze blocks have been delivered and the walls will start to go up any day.

Work has also taken place on drainage and provision of services and officials at Trimley Red Devils Football Club, which will manage the premises, are delighted that such good progress is being made.

Bob Race, a member of the Evening Star-spearheaded fundraising trust which ran the appeal and chairman of the Red Devils, said work was on schedule and everyone was keeping fingers crossed that the weather would not deteriorate.

"The work is causing some problems with car parking in the area but this will only last until the building work is completed and so we are appealing to people to just be a little bit patient," said Mr Race.

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"But we are very pleased with the way the work is going. Once the walls are up and the roof is on and it is secure I will be happier and the contractors can work inside whatever the weather."

The pavilion on the Stennetts Memorial Playing Field at Trimley St Mary will be used by hundreds of young footballers, boys and girls, and other sports players and community groups.

Contractors Heronbuild have a 20-week contract to build the pavilion and should be completed by spring.

The appeal raised £310,000 – £100,000 from fundraising, and a £210,000 grant from the Football Foundation, of which £161,000 will go towards the cost of the sports pavilion, and £50,000 for a football development programme.

The clubhouse will include four team changing rooms, showers, officials' rooms, storage, kitchen together with a community area, and is expected to cost around £240,000.

The football club has more than 150 players from under eights boys teams to the under 16 team. The new facilities are expected to attract many new players, including girls' teams.

Vicky, 17, went missing as she walked home from a nightclub in September 1999. A murder inquiry was launched after her body was found a week later in a ditch 24 miles away at Creeting St Peter.

WEBLINK: www.footballfoundation.org.uk

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