14th May, 2021

Parents “overwhelmed” by tribute to Tom

Rob George 18th Mar, 2021

THE PARENTS of former University of Worcester student Tom Jones were on hand to unveil a plaque in his memory.

Tom, from Bromsgrove, died after falling into the River Severn on his way home from a night out with friends in September 2018.

The plaque sits on the end of the refurbished bridge as it goes on to Hylton Road.

It reads: “With heartfelt thanks to the wonderful community of Worcester for your compassion, kindness and overwhelming support.

In loving memory of Thomas Jones: 30 August 2000 – 18 September 2018.”

Worcestershire County Council agreed with Tom’s family in 2018 that a memorial would be placed on the bridge when the major refurbishment had been completed.

Ian and Vicki Jones, Tom’s parents, spoke at the unveiling of the tribute: “We are truly overwhelmed by your support and kindness, this is such a fitting tribute and we honestly can’t put into words what this means to us as a family.

“We will never ever forget how Worcester came together for us. Our most sincere thanks to Jon Fraser and all involved at Worcestershire County Council for arranging this and for the amazing support you have been.”

Jon Fraser, from Worcestershire County Council Highways, said: “I’ve stayed in touch with Tom’s family throughout the Sabrina Bridge refurbishment and I’m really pleased that we’re now at a stage where we can unveil the memorial to Tom.

“The bridge was filled with tributes and Worcestershire really came to support Tom’s family in 2018, so it’s great for there to now be a permanent tribute.”

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