Stanton: Band nights in tribute to four friends

Band nights have been organised to raise money for a memorial fund created after four men tragically died in a workplace accident.

Fundraising has been taking place in aid of the Four Friends Memorial Fund ever since it was launched four weeks ago, in honour of brothers Thomas and Daniel Hazelton, and their workmates Peter Johnson and Adam Taylor.

The four friends, from Stanton and Rickinghall, died while carrying out work at Claxton Engineering Services Limited, in Great Yarmouth, on January 21.

The ska band Skasouls, of whom Peter (known as PJ) was a big fan and friend, will be playing at the Blue Boar pub, in Walsham-le-Willows, on Friday, and at Westbury Social Club, in Bury St Edmunds, on Friday, May 27.

The nights will raise cash for the fund, which currently stands at more than �3,500 in total.

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Blue Boar landlord David Kelly said everyone was looking forward to the charity gig. He said: “A lot of the punters knew the boys, or knew of them, and they just wanted to show their appreciation and do something to help.”

Mr Kelly said there was a lot of deep local feeling about the tragedy and it was a constant source of discussion in the pub.

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The event at the Blue Boar is expected to start at 7.30pm and will continue until around midnight. Advance tickets aren’t required – people can just turn up on the night and make a donation.

Trevor Brame, a friend of PJs, has been helping to organise a tribute night at Westbury Social Club, on May 27, again featuring Skasouls, as well as a disco which is expected to include DJs who knew PJ.

David Lambert, a good friend of PJs, who also runs Mr G’s Disco, is arranging musical entertainment from the decks for the evening.

PJ, 42, from Stanton, was well-known through his own DJing sessions and had also been learning to play the saxophone.

Sometimes, he would even get up on stage and play with Skasouls at the end of one of their live sets, Mr Brame said.

He added: “PJ was always just a very happy-go-lucky person.

“He was always just sort of laughing and joking with everybody inside the pub.

“When he walked into the pub, everyone knew him straight away.”

Mr Brame, 50, of Shillitoe Close, Bury St Edmunds, said PJ’s loss had left a massive hole in the friendship group.

The night at Westbury Social will start at 7.30pm, and also continue until around midnight.

It is hoped there will be an auction and raffle to raise extra funds.

Tickets for the night will be available shortly.

Deja Vu Complex – a nightclub venue in Bury St Edmunds – has also been raising money for the Four Friends Memorial Fund, launched by the East Anglian Daily Times in liaison with the men’s families.

l PJ’s funeral is taking place tomorrow, at 1.30pm, at All Saints’ Church, in Stanton. The funeral of Adam, 28, from Rickinghall, is taking place in Redgrave, on Friday.

Hundreds of mourners turned out last Friday to say a final farewell to Tom, 26, and Daniel, 30, from Stanton, at the brothers’ funeral at All Saints’ Church, in the village.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing.

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