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Neston Tragedy Remembered

Published: 21st November 2020 15:56

Two teenagers whose deaths in a tragic road accident shocked the town of Neston have been remembered fifty years on.

Dave and Helen Jones Dave and Helen Jones, on the memorial bench at Neston Community Youth Centre.

In November 1970, friends John Jones, 17, and 16 year-old Tom Norman died after the car they were in struck a tree on Column Road in Caldy, Wirral.

Now, a memorial bench in the boys' names has been installed at the site of the local youth club they attended, after an earlier tribute went missing.

Members of the Jones and Norman families attended the unveiling of the bench in a socially-distanced gathering.

Gareth Prytherch, Manager of Neston Community Youth Centre, where the bench has been placed, said: "It is an honour to enable the families of John Jones and Tom Norman to have a permanent place to remember their loved ones.

"The memorial that was a fixture of the old building had been lost following demolition and it had always been the intention of the Patrons to reinstate something.

"Thanks to the incredible work of a small number of volunteers, this bench will become a focal point for reflection in our Community Garden."

John's sister, BBC Radio Merseyside presenter Helen Jones, paid tribute to the victims, including the brother she never knew: "Time is a great healer, but I know from family members that the loss of those two young lives is still deeply felt after all these years.

"John and Tom enjoyed their times at the youth centre. We are grateful they can now be remembered in this lovely way."

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janice
At 22:45 on 21st November 2020, janice commented:
I so well remember this awful tragedy. I was 13 at the time. As a member of the youth club I, along with many others, attended both funerals. Have never forgotten these young people or the shock and sadness in Neston. Can still picture them. So glad they have a memorial bench. RIP John and Thomas. Unforgotten.
gone sploggin
At 09:49 on 22nd November 2020, gone sploggin commented:
I remember this awful tragedy very well. I am a cousin of John Francis and very much remember his very dry humour. I had many times played table tennis with him at Neston youth centre, ( often thrashing me and telling me to go home your mums got cake!!). Not to mention his nickname for me!!. He will always be remembered!! Lovely lad!!

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