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Hundreds expected to walk for Mark

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 04, 2014

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A WALK is being held tomorrow in memory of a 21-year-old who was killed after he was struck by a car.

Hundreds of friends of Mark Haywood are to gather in William Nadin Way at noon as a mark of respect to the former William Allit pupil, of Castle Road, Castle Gresley, who died on Tuesday.

Mourners will gather outside Bisons, before making their way to the crash site at 12.30pm where they will hold a minute’s silence, before walking to the skatepark, in Woodhouse Street, Swadlincote – where skater Mark spent much of his time.

A friend, James Fairbrother, has organised the walk to remember the 21-year-old, but is also hoping it is a safety message to other motorists using the road which has a 50mph speed limit.

Police have not revealed whether any vehicles were speeding in the road at the time of Mark’s death as investigations are still ongoing.

Mr Fairbrother said: “I met Mark at the skatepark many years ago now, pretty much since it first opened.

“The guy was quality. He was a genuinely nice guy.

“He was happy all the time and it was just infectious.

“My friend rang me on the day he died to tell me what had happened and I was just gutted.

“We are like a family at the park and it is like we have a piece of the puzzle missing.”

The 28-year-old has now organised a walk and is urging people to bring their skateboards, bikes and scooters along.

He said: “We decided to hold the walk in William Nadin Way as that where he was hit but I also want to send a message out to motorists to watch their speed when they see us.

“I just wanted to do my bit to remember him and support his family.

“I know that 130 people are definitely coming and I know on the day there will be many more.

“We had hundreds of people let off lanterns at the skate park on Thursday night and there was a massive turn out to remember him at The Empire pub.”

Anyone with information can call the police on 101, quoting incident number 887 of April 1.

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