Life of teenager Matt Woodward, from Shropham, celebrated by Public Disturbance car club in Thetford

The Public Disturbance car club meet up held in memory of member Matt Woodward. Picture: Kevin Gorma

The Public Disturbance car club meet up held in memory of member Matt Woodward. Picture: Kevin Gorman/Shutter Up Photography - Credit: Archant

The life of a teenager who died last month has been celebrated in style by the car club he was a member of.

Matt Woodward. Picture: Woodward family

Matt Woodward. Picture: Woodward family - Credit: Archant

A huge turn out of cars gathered at the Forest Retail Park, Thetford, for Public Disturbance's season close meeting held in memory of Matt Woodward.

The 18-year-old, of Shropham, near Attleborough, died on September 2 when his red Mini Cooper was involved in a collision with another car on the A134 at Mundford.

Described as 'a keen, young and fun member of the group' cars were decorated with red ribbons, which was Matt's favourite colour.

Debbie and Ian 'Woody' Woodward, Matt's parents, and his sister Sadie also attended the event held yesterday evening.

The Public Disturbance car club meet up held in memory of member Matt Woodward. Picture: Kevin Gorma

The Public Disturbance car club meet up held in memory of member Matt Woodward. Picture: Kevin Gorman/Shutter Up Photography - Credit: Archant


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Mrs Woodward said her son's Mini was his 'pride and joy' and was the car he had always wanted.

She said he worked hard to earn money to help 'make the car his own' which he did so by adding black chrome to parts of the car.

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Of the event she said: 'It means a lot and it is quite touching that these guys have done this for Matt.'

Mrs Woodward said 75 cars from the club were present for Matt's funeral. She and her husband were members of a car club and encouraged their son to also join one.

The Public Disturbance car club meet up held in memory of member Matt Woodward. Picture: Kevin Gorma

The Public Disturbance car club meet up held in memory of member Matt Woodward. Picture: Kevin Gorman/Shutter Up Photography - Credit: Archant

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'They thought a lot of him considering he was such a young man,' she added. 'They brought him into their family and it really is a family car club.'

Matt was a keen footballer and Norwich City fan and worked at delivery firm DPD.

Red balloons were sold for £1 and were released in memory of the former Wayland Academy pupil - the money raised will be donated to The Fire Fighters Charity.

A video recording of the car club's favourite memories of Matt was also projected onto a building for all to enjoy.

Public Disturbance was started in 2016 by Ryan Gunn and now has around 2,500 members from across Norfolk and Suffolk.

Member Georgia Long said they expected more than 1,000 people to turn up to the meeting and to remember Matt.

She said: 'Matty joined our club about six months ago. This was the way we thought best to remember him. He loved his car and he loved his friends.'

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