Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Tributes to Tragic Will Are Allowed to Stay at Skate Park

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Tributes to Tragic Will Are Allowed to Stay at Skate Park

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GRAFFITI tributes to a young skateboarder who died after being struck by a train will stay as they are, council bosses have said.

Messages of love and condolence were left on the skate ramp in Gatley Recreational Park following the death of Will Mathews, 22, earlier this month.

In the days after his death, pals gathered at the site to pay tribute and remember him.

Dozens of people have since lit candles and laid flowers and keepsakes at the skate park, with many returning nightly to pay their respects.

Messages were also written on the ramp itself in spray paint, which in normal circumstances would be removed.

However, Stockport Council said it has asked for the memorial to be left in situ so Will's loved ones can continue to use the space to reflect and remember him. A statement added: "The council has requested for the tribute to be left in situ by our contractors and we will liaise with them going forwards. …

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