Design for Four Friends memorial to be chosen

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DESIGNS for lasting memorials to honour four West Suffolk men who died in an industrial accident last year will be decided next week.

Adam Taylor, Peter ‘PJ’ Johnson, and brothers Dan and Tom Hazelton, died after a steel cage fell on them as they carried out building work in Great Yarmouth, on January 21, 2011.

Within days of their deaths, a Four Friends Memorial Fund had been set up, with the total raised exceeding £34,000.

“We were gobsmacked – we thought it might reach £2,000-£3,000, maybe £5,000 – it was absolutely staggering,” said Tom and Dan’s mother, Marilyn.

Families of the four men have met regularly to discuss plans for two memorials, one in Stanton, where Tom and PJ lived, and the other in Rickinghall, where Dan and Adam lived.

“The families and close friends are never going to forget them but it would be lovely for everyone to see what we have done with the money all those kind people gave,” said Marilyn.

The memorials have been approved in principle by both parish councils, subject to designs and locations being approved by esidents.

It is hoped they will consist of four chairs with ‘something’ in the centre, for which a final design will be chosen next week.

Police are continuing their investigations with the Health and Safety Executive into the circumstances of the industrial accident.