Stanton: Silences planned at matches in honour of steel tragedy friends

THE football club for which two of the Yarmouth steel tragedy victims had played will be honoured this weekend.

Today marks a week since Adam Taylor, 28, from Rickinghall, Peter Johnson, 41, and brothers Thomas, 26, and Daniel Hazelton, 30, all from Stanton, were killed while working at Claxton Engineering Services Limited in Great Yarmouth.

An inquest into their deaths, which post mortem examinations have confirmed were caused by asphyxia due to trauma, has been opened.

Both Mr Taylor and Daniel Hazelton were players in Stanton FC’s first team and were last Saturday meant to be playing a cup tie against Grundisburgh.

That match was cancelled out of respect to the four victims of the industrial accident, which is currently subject to an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive.

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Tomorrow Stanton’s first team will take on Haughley away.

Club secretary Joy Mayhew said there would be either a two minutes’ silence or applause, depending on what the team preferred, and Haughley is planning to present Stanton with a wreath.

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“It is really nice of them (Haughley) to offer to do this,” Mrs Mayhew said. “It will be a very emotional day.”

The reserve squad will be playing at home in Stanton against Stowupland Falcons. The club plans to observe a two minute silence out of respect.

Mrs Mayhew said: “They are a very close bunch of lads and they all played together. They are wanting to get out and play and be together and it will be more than a bit emotional for them.”

Both matches will kick of at 2pm.

Earlier this week, the EADT launched the Four Friends Memorial Fund in honour of Mr Johnson, Mr Taylor and the Hazelton brothers.

The Four Friends Memorial Fund is for a permanent memorial in the community, with the form of the memorial being decided by the families at an appropriate time.

If you would like to support the fund to create a lasting memorial to the four friends, please send cheques payable to Archant Regional Ltd (write Four Friends Memorial Fund on reverse of cheque), to Four Friends Memorial Fund, c/o The Editor, EADT, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1AN.

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