Suffolk village’s farewell to brothers killed in Great Yarmouth accident

Hundreds of people turned out to the funeral yesterday of two brothers who lost their lives in an industrial accident.

They joined the family and partners of Thomas and Daniel Hazelton, from the village of Stanton, near Bury St Edmunds, in finally laying the much-loved pair to rest.

Tom, 26, and Daniel, 30, died at Claxton Engineering Services in Great Yarmouth on January 21 alongside their workmates Peter Johnson, 42, (known as PJ), and Adam Taylor, 28.

The small church of All Saints was full long before the service began, with a crowd standing outside where they could hear the service on speakers.

The service, led by Rev David Messer, was a mixture of musical tributes, readings, hyms and prayers. 'You'll never walk alone' by Oasis was a tribute from Bob Hazelton for his sons.

Tom and Daniel's older brother Matthew remembered the great football moments he shared with Daniel, who has left behind partner Sam Ellis and son Freddie, and fishing trips with Tom, who has left behind partner Charlotte Oliver and son Alfie.

He said: 'Boys, I just want you to know I will do all I can to look after Sam and Freddie and Char and Alfie and be the best uncle I can be and finally tell you both that I loved you very much – something I never did when you were alive but I hope that you knew.'

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Miss Ellis described her 'wonderful' Daniel as 'strong and dependable on the pitch as in life'.

In her reading she spoke of the strong bond Freddie, aged three, had enjoyed with his father, saying how they would play knocking over towers they had made, read stories and at night Daniel would tell his son he loved him 'very, very much'.

She said: 'We will never forget him and if you have to cry make them tears of joy.'

Members of Stanton Football Club, who Daniel had played for, helped carry the coffins out of the church. The brothers were buried at St John's Church in the village.

After the service the community gathered at the Cock Inn pub in the centre of the village, where a tent had been put up outside.

The pub was packed with members of the football community, all whom spoke of Daniel's talent with his left foot.

Trevor Wardlaw, who manages Claydon Football Club and knew Daniel through football, said: 'The name of Hazelton will always be remembered in footballing circles.

'His left foot was like a laser. He could kick it long, hard and accurate.'

Charlie Downes senior, who knows the Hazelton family through football, said: 'When you are in a community you have been in all your life and everyone knows everyone the consequences of such a tragedy are far-reaching.'

Speaking in the pub, Matthew, Bob and Charlotte wanted to thank everyone for their support.

The funeral of Peter Johnson, from Stanton, is taking place at All Saints' Church in Stanton on Wednesday and the funeral of Adam Taylor, from Rickinghall, is taking place at the church in Redgrave on Friday.

The investigation into the accident continues.