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A tribute to Tom

Posted on October 30 2018 at 11:54:54

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Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

The disappearance of Tom Jones in Worcester in the early hours of Wednesday September 19 resulted in an unprecedented response from the Oakalls community – and beyond.

Eighteen-year-old Tom was a resident of The Oakalls before moving to Worcester on September 16 to embark on a university degree course, studying to become a primary school teacher.

After an extensive search by police and hundreds of volunteers, Tom’s body was recovered from the River Severn on the afternoon of September 28.

People from across The Oakalls and Parklands paid tribute to the teenager at a candlelit vigil on Sunday September 30, held near the noticeboard on Royal Worcester Crescent / Trianon Road.

An estimated turnout of more than 300 was testament to the strong community spirit that exists on the estate and which has been further strengthened by the tragic loss of one of its young residents.

More than 200 local people also visited St Godwald’s Church on the following Monday and Wednesday evenings, when the church was specially opened for those who wanted time for quiet reflection and to light a candle in Tom’s memory.

Coun Caroline Spencer, who has actively supported The Oakalls for many years, stated that she was very touched by how the community had come together to show their sincere love and sadness.


DIARY DATE - CHRISTMAS ON THE OAKALLS

This year’s community festive gathering takes place on Sunday December 23 at 6.30pm, on the open grassed area by the notice board and Trianon Road.

The Blackwell Concert Band will be accompanying the carol singing and there will be refreshments available to buy and sweets for the children. Father Christmas will be making an appearance ahead of the big day.

Please contact me with your news, views and concerns about any aspect of life on the estate. Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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