10th Dec, 2019

Special tributes to Bromsgrove 18-year-old Thomas Jones in Worcester and on The Oakalls

Tristan Harris 29th Sep, 2018 Updated: 30th Sep, 2018

AS WELL as the special tribute being held to Bromsgrove 18-year-old Thomas Jones in Worcester tonight at 8pm, there will also be a candlelit vigil on The Oakalls where Thomas lived in the town.

It will also be held at 8pm near the noticeboard on Royal Worcester Crescent/Trianon Road and is for everyone who wants to pay tribute to Tom.

Harley Hetherington who set up the Find Jonah Facebook page said of the Worcester event: “I am very much looking forward to lighting up Worcester with you all later this evening.

“I am encouraging people to bring flowers, candles and any items which remind them of Jonah and the amazing person he was.

“If anyone has a guitar can you play please bring it down as it would be lovely if we could all sing some Oasis songs in his memory this evening.”

Sainsbury’s Blackpole has donated £150 worth of flowers and 300 tealights have been sent from Sainsbury’s Maypole.

The Worcester and Bromsgrove Street Pastors will be in attendance at the event.

Free car parking has been offered at University Arena and on Car Park M of the St Johns Campus at Worcester University.

The event will be recorded for those who cannot make the Worcester event.

Yesterday, tributes were held at Bromsgrove Sporting and West Bromwich Albion, the club Tom supported.

Bromsgrove Sporting FC has also paid its respects to Tom who played for a number of the club’s junior teams from under 13s to under 18s and had a reputation for being both loyal and respectful.

A statement sent to The Standard said: “He was one of our own and well-known to a number of people involved with Bromsgrove Sporting.

“The thoughts of everyone at the club are with those who were close to him and we share the sorrow of his friends and family at this difficult time.”

Players, officials and supporters of the club paid their respects to Tom before the start of the match against Corby Town this afternoon.

Minute silences and applauses were witnessed across football pitches today throughout the West Midlands.

Harley added: “I have had thousands of people asking about where they can make donations for a memorial to Tom.”

He said more details regarding a lasting memorial would be posted on the Find Jonah page in the coming days.

And, Harley added, he was looking forward to seeing as many people as possible at the Sabrina Footbridge tonight.

A body was recovered in the River Severn in Worcester on Friday by officers investigating Tom’s disappearance and, although identification has not yet taken place, it is believed to be Tom.

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