‘Hate cannot drive out hate’ - family of Tunisia attack victim reveal their motto ahead of memorial fund-raising weekend

Mark Riches from the King Alfred in Lowestoft is helping to organising a fund-raising weekend for Me

Mark Riches from the King Alfred in Lowestoft is helping to organising a fund-raising weekend for Meningitis Now in memory of Tunisia terrorist attack victim Stuart Cullen. Picture by Andrew Papworth. - Credit: Archant

The family of a popular Lowestoft man killed in the Tunisia terrorist atrocity have revealed how the words 'hate cannot drive out hate' have become the family motto as they prepare to mark the first anniversary of his death.

Stuart Cullen.

Stuart Cullen. - Credit: PA

A year on from the devastating attack which claimed the life of 52-year-old Stuart Cullen, friends and family have organised a bicycle pub crawl with posters bearing the words: 'Here's to you Stu.' It will be followed by a casino night at his regular, the King Alfred, in Burnt Hill Way, Lowestoft, where people are urged to 'dress to impress' to raise funds for Meningitis Now, a cause close to Mr Cullen's heart.

His daughter Emma-Jayne Cullen and wife Christine - who was in Sousse with Mr Cullen at the time the terrible events unfolded and sustained injuries - said he would be 'proud that people still care, still remember and want to make a difference'

They also revealed a quote from Martin Luther King, where the legendary civil rights campaigner said: 'Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that,' has become their family motto.

In a statement they went on to say: 'He would've been amazed and humbled at the public's generosity and the support we have received as a family. Everyone has gone above and beyond.

'Having said amount of flyers, posters and the fact his face is plastered all over social media for the event - he would undoubtedly be incredibly embarrassed and we would be in severe trouble!

'But most of all he would be proud.'

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Mr Cullen's death prompted an outpouring of tributes from across the community. A fund-raising weekend held last August in his memory raised an incredible £10,526.28 for Meningitis Now – which the family are hoping to add to with this weekend's events.

The 'beers and gears' pub crawl will start at the King Alfred at 1.30pm tomorrow (Saturday, July 9), with participants following clues to the next destinations and solving a mystery along the way. There will be a barbecue on completion, with tickets for the event available from the King Alfred, The Waveney and The Ship public houses.

The casino night starts at 7pm tomorrow, with tickets costing £6 on the door.

Visit www.facebook.com/stuartcullenfundraiser