Blackpool: Harry Jones 1992 – 2013

Blackpool promenade in the sunshine is a wonderful place for a walk.  We had planned to take a tram but it was so sunny we opted for the fresh air and walked from Squires Gate to Blackpool Tower.  Blackpool has tidied up its seafront in recent years and if you haven’t been for a few years you wouldn’t recognise it today.

Along the way I found this memorial bench to Harry Jones.

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The seafront at Blackpool near the Pleasure Beach

Harry Jones, a 20-year-old student, died tragically on 13 January 2013.  Harry Jones is described with love and warmth by his family and friends.  He was a bright young man who had a promising future and it is clear from the words of those who cared about him that this ‘Engaging, witty, polite and infectious’ young man will be very missed by his family and friends.  At his funeral friends described him as ‘Caring and loving’ and ‘The life and soul of the group. He will always be in our hearts and never forgotten.’  The heartbreak of losing a son and brother in such a sad way is hard to imagine.

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In Loving Memory of Harry Jones “Shine Bright” 1992 – 2013

I sat on the bench to Harry Jones and thought about this young man and about other memorial benches I had picked out that remembered someone who had died far too young.  As I so often do on these occasions, I also thought about my own dear friend who died when we were both at school and she was just 14-years of age.  My own experience has taught me that Harry Jones’ friends will never forget him and some of them may take away the lesson that every day we are alive is precious.

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