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Hundreds march through Swadlincote in memory of Mark

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 07, 2014

  • 05/04/14 walk to remember mark haywood walk to remember mark haywood - starting at Bison end of william nadin way, minutes silence at the shrine, and then walking to the skate park near the ski centre

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POLICE closed a road in Swadlincote to allow more than 200 people to march in memory of a 21-year-old who did after he was hit by a car.

In an unprecedented step, officers cordoned off William Nadin Way, on Saturday, to allow friends and family to walk down the road and hold a minute’s silence at the crash site in memory of Mark Haywood, who died on Tuesday.

The crowd then walked with banners through the town to the skate park, in Woodhouse Street, which was a favourite place of the former William Allit pupil, of Castle Road, Castle Gresley.

James Fairbrother, who organised the event, said: “Can I just say a massive thank you to everyone for coming out. You really did Mark proud. You are all amazing.

“He was a great guy he deserves it all. We raised more money to help the family with the funeral too so it was a decent result all round.”

The march comes as a petition has been set up calling for more safety for the road, which has a 50mph speed limit.

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