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Tributes to men killed at Yarmouth work site

PUBLISHED: 15:53 25 January 2011

Adam Taylor

Adam Taylor

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A grieving brother last night paid tribute to a talented footballer from north Suffolk who died in Friday’s tragic industrial accident in Great Yarmouth.

Adam Taylor, 28, of Rickinghall, near Diss, was killed along with colleagues Daniel and Tom Hazelton and Peter Johnson.

A police and Health and Safety Executive investigation continued into the cause of the incident yesterday after a steel structure collapsed on the men at the Claxton engineering site in Yarmouth on Friday afternoon. The men were working for Hazegood Construction, of Suffolk, and were four feet underground at the time.

Mr Taylor’s three friends and colleagues were from Stanton, near Bury St Edmunds.

His brother Jason, said he would be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He said: “Ad was well known, much loved and best big mate to everybody he met. He led Rickinghall White Horse Football Club for six years and was the worst manager ever. His passion for the beautiful game was second to none.”

“You would never meet a man like him, words cannot describe his personality, it was truly special.”

Mr Taylor was an attacking midfielder and scored one of Rickinghall’s two goals in their 2008-09 Suffolk FA Sunday Trophy Final win.

Chairman Robert Lister said: “Adam was the main man. Everything seemed to happen around him. He was one of those type of lads. He was really up for anything, a loveable rogue. He was a very talented footballer. It was such a shock for everyone when we heard. Our thoughts are with his family. He will be very sadly missed.”

The heartbroken partner of Daniel Hazelton paid tribute to her “soulmate” and “love of her life”. The 30-year-old was a talented footballer and had a young son, Freddie, with his partner, Sam.

She said: “He was the love of my life and living without him is something that I will really struggle to do. I know that telling Freddie about his daddy will be very hard but hope that I can do justice to the memory of such an amazing man that I am proud to have known and loved.”

Bethany Cotton, the daughter of Peter Johnson, 42, said her father had a personality “as big as the world”.

“He was a man once met you would never ever forget! I was your angel and you were my hero and my best friend. You will always be in my heart and my thoughts,” she said.

Barry Coleman, leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, added that the flag at the town hall was flying at half mast following the tragedy.

“For four men to have gone to work in Great Yarmouth on Friday but to never have returned home is a terrible tragedy. My deepest sympathies go out to their families, friends and colleagues,” he said.


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