December 19 2014 Latest news:
Monday, February 10, 2014
A campaign to achieve permanent memorials to remember four men killed on a Norfolk building site raised more than £35,000 thanks to the generous support of the community.
Brothers Thomas, 26, and Daniel Hazelton, 30, and their workmates Peter Johnson (PJ), 42, and Adam Taylor, 28, died in an accident in January 2011 while they were working at Claxton Engineering Services Ltd in Great Yarmouth.
The community rallied round to raise money for the Four Friends Memorial Fund, which was launched by the East Anglian Daily Times in liaison with the men’s families, through a whole range of events, including a sportsman’s dinner and band nights.
The memorial in Rickinghall was complete just ahead of the two-year anniversary of the men’s deaths, while work is progressing to finish a second which will be in the car park of the Cock Inn pub in Stanton.
The Rickinghall memorial is two engraved benches at the side of the football pitch, a purple hazel tree and a plaque in the village hall, next to the footballers’ changing room. Daniel and Adam had both played football for the village, where they lived.
The Stanton memorial, which is currently being finished, will be a central metal sculpture with four chairs around it.
Agricultural machinery manufacturer, Shelbourne Reynolds in Stanton, has made the sculpture, which Weld-Fab, based in Garboldisham, is adding the detail to. The detailed work will reveal elements of the men’s interests, such as football, fishing and music.
Tom and PJ had been living in Stanton.
Marilyn Hazelton, 60, mother to Tom and Daniel, said it would mean a lot to finally have a memorial in the village.
“I think it will be nice. It’s just somewhere to go,” she said.
Mrs Hazelton will be at the inquest this week.
She said: “I just want to get everything clear in my own head and I want to be there because I want to hear everything first hand.”
She added: “I think it will make it even harder the fact it’s been such a long time.”