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A community grieves

Created on 31/07/2017 @ 15:28
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As Montgomeryshire comes to terms with the tragic death of one of its most outstanding young men, his home town has opened a book of condolence.

Young James Corfield had been missing since last Monday after a night out at the Royal Welsh Show, and yesterday police confirmed that a body had been found in a deep part of the River Wye which runs through Builth Wells.

While official confirmation that the body is James, 19, the news has stunned the area with an outpouring of grief flooding out from local communities.

The young farmer and talented sportsman touched the lives of thousands who were hoping for a miracle as the days dragged on with no sighting of him being reported.

The community of Montgomery has rallied round the family and has opened a book of condolence at the Town Hall. Cards, flowers and tributes can also be left, with the Town Hall to be open until 8.30pm tonight and from 8.30am-8.30pm Tuesday and 8.30am-3pm on Wednesday. Montgomery Church is also open all day for quiet reflection and prayer.

Donations in memory of James to Brecon Mountain Rescue can be left at the Spar, Castle Kitchen or Ivy House (the Post Office).

Online counselling and emotional well-being support for young people is available at while there will be a locally-organised gathering at The Groe rugby ground in Builth Wells at 6.30pm on Tuesday. The town’s mayor will speak and there will be a minute's applause with the Rugby Club open afterwards.


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