Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 10°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Lavenham: Memorial service planned to snowboarder Emily Watts

17:40 20 December 2012

Emily Watts who died after a snowboarding accident in the French Alps.

Emily Watts who died after a snowboarding accident in the French Alps.

A MEMORIAL service to a designer who died after an horrific snowboarding accident in the French Alps will be held in her home village.

Emily Watts, known as Mimi, fell into a snowdrift and was stuck for about 45 minutes after the incident in Chamonix almost two weeks ago.

It is believed that by the time emergency crews arrived, the 26-year-old, from Bury Road, Lavenham, had suffered a cardiac arrest.

Her parents, Nicky McAllister and Dominic Watts, along with her 27-year-old brother Rory, flew to her hospital bedside but she died on Thursday, December 13 after being on a life support machine.

The former student of St Benedict’s Catholic School in Bury St Edmunds, who went on to study at Northbrook College in Sussex, had only been at the resort for two weeks in preparation for the new season.

Speaking yesterday, Ms McAllister said following a private cremation, a memorial service will be held at 2.30pm in Lavenham church on December 29 and asked those who knew her to wear “colourful clothing”.

The family, who described Miss Watts as “a loving daughter, sister and friend”, have set up a charity in her name with the aim of nurturing creative talent by helping young people find funding and advice to start up their own businesses.

Ms McAllister asked that anyone attending the service would donate to via their Bacs or PayPal account, instead of bringing flowers.

An inquest into Miss Watts’s death was due to be opened yesterday.

Related articles


Rail travellers hoping to enjoy weekend days out in London in early 2017 are facing four months more disruption on the main line as Shenfield station is rebuilt.


An accident is currently blocking one lane of the A12 southbound in Capel St Mary.

An inmate at HMP Highpoint who held prison staff hostage for more than three hours with a makeshift ‘shiv’ to get himself transferred to another prison has received a 16 month jail sentence.

Corrie McKeague’s disappearance has left his family suffering an “indescribable” void in the 32 days since the RAF Honington airman vanished from the centre of Bury St Edmunds.

Pic Simon Parker

Traffic queues on the A14 eastbound by the A140 turning after a lorry crashed into  the central reservation

There are long delays on the A14 eastbound at after Claydon this evening following an accident.

Everyday our readers send in photos to iwitness24 that they have taken while out and about along the Suffolk coast, visiting one of our many beauty spots or while relaxing in their own gardens.

Felixstowe town centre looking busy and vibrant.

Two Suffolk communities have been praised for revitalising their high street “as a unique place for living, working and shopping”.

Most read

Great Days Out


Click here to view
the Great Days Out


Most commented


Show Job Lists


Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24