Stanton: Key part of Four Friends memorial is complete

Metal sculpture for Four Friends Memorial.

Metal sculpture for Four Friends Memorial. - Credit: Metal sculpture for memorial

A KEY part of a memorial in honour of four friends has now been completed.

Work on the Four Friends Memorial at Shelbourne Reynolds. Left to right, Martin Guest and Michael Ma

Work on the Four Friends Memorial at Shelbourne Reynolds. Left to right, Martin Guest and Michael Matthews. - Credit: Archant

Staff at agricultural machinery manufacturer, Shelbourne Reynolds in Stanton worked in their free time on the metal sculpture for the memorial to remember brothers Thomas, 26, and Daniel Hazelton, 30, and their workmates Peter Johnson (PJ), 42, and Adam Taylor, 28.

The four men, from Stanton and Rickinghall, died in an industrial accident in Great Yarmouth in January 2011.

Following their deaths, the East Anglian Daily Times launched the Four Friends Memorial Fund to raise money for a permanent memorial in their honour.

The fund, which achieved more than £35,000, has paid for a memorial in Rickinghall and a memorial in Stanton is due to be finished soon.


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Tom and Daniel’s father, Bob Hazelton, who works at Shelbourne Reynolds, came up with a design, which his colleague Charles Gibbs then formalised, and welders Mike Matthews and Martin Guest put the sculpture together. Tom and Daniel’s mother Marilyn said her cousin Brian Skipp would also be working on personalised elements to capture the four men’s personalities.

The sculpture – which is made of 10mm brushed stainless steel - will have four chairs around it.

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Neil Smith, sales and marketing director at Shelbourne Reynolds, said: “Whenever something like that happens you always try to help wherever you can.” The memorial will be in the car park of the Cock Inn in Stanton.

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