Walkers set to reclaim the night

A MARCH sparked by the deaths of the five victims of the red-light killings is taking place in Ipswich tomorrow - and The Evening Star's Somebody's Daughter memorial fund is set to benefit.

A MARCH sparked by the deaths of the five victims of the red-light killings is taking place in Ipswich tomorrow - and The Evening Star's Somebody's Daughter memorial fund is set to benefit.

The reclaim the night march will start at the steps of Ipswich town hall at 7pm and it will move through the red-light district, before finishing at Handford Road.

A collection for the fund will be made among the march group, which is expected to be 100-strong.

Rebecca Dale, one of the organisers, said the event was being staged to highlight the tragic events played out in and around Ipswich.

She said: “The reclaim the night marches started in response to the Yorkshire Ripper.

“This is about the societal attitude to women. A couple of people have said women should not go out at night at the moment, but this is to say some women have to go out.

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“People being isolated in their houses does not make them feel safe.

“A lot of people have been very upset by what's happened. This is a chance to get together and express grief.”

There have been a handful of similar marches in London in recent years.

Mrs Dale said around 100 people were expected although that figure would depend on the weather.

She added: “We will collect during the night and the money will go to the fund.”

Before the march begins, there will be a vigil followed by a few short speeches. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Somebody's Daughter memorial fund was created in the wake of the deaths of Gemma Adams, Tania Nicol, Anneli Alderton, Annette Nicholls and Paula Clennell.

Money raised will go to help vulnerable young people in Ipswich. Already several hundred pounds has been raised.

Donations to the Somebody's Daughter memorial fund can be made in a variety of ways.

Make your donation online by visiting www.eveningstar.co.uk and clicking on the memorial fund logo. To contribute in person visit Ipswich Borough Council's customer service centre in the Town Hall.

To make a donation over the phone call 01473 433777 or by post, send a cheque made payable to Somebody's Daughter Memorial Fund, to PO Box 772, Ipswich Borough Council, Grafton House, 15-17 Russell Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 2DE.

For more information visit www.eveningstar.co.uk

Steve Wright, 48, of London Road, Ipswich, has been charged with the murders of Gemma Adams, Tania Nicol, Anneli Alderton, Paula Clennell and Annette Nicholls. He has been remanded in custody until January 2, when he will appear before Ipswich Crown Court.

AN Australian country music star has today pledged her support to The Evening Star's Somebody's Daughter memorial fund.

Gina Jeffreys is one of Australia's most successful artists, having sold more than a quarter of a million records and won countless awards.

Like many thousands of others across the world, Mrs Jeffreys has watched the red-light tragedy unravel in shock.

She contacted The Evening Star to back the campaign and to allow us to use one of her songs - aptly titled Somebody's Daughter - in any way necessary to help raise money.

Mrs Jeffreys is heavily involved in fundraising in Australia, in particular for the Leukaemia Foundation.

She said: “I was incredibly saddened to read about the five girls - as a mother I know how terribly painful it must be for their families and children.

“I hope everyone gives generously to the Somebody's Daughter Memorial Fund to help those who have been left behind - especially the children, in the hope that they can grow up to lead happier lives.”

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