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Paying tribute to Charlie

Created on 01/07/2018 @ 09:16
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Welshpool Town Council have confirmed that the grass area next to the Tourist Information Centre (TIC) can be used for family, friends and residents to leave their tributes to popular Welshpool man Charlie Birch.

The 39-year-old tragically died following an alleged hit-and-run whilst on holiday last week in Cyprus. A 35-year-old man has been charged with murder and is due to re-appear in court on Monday.

It has resulted in an outpouring of grief from the town which has united in support behind the father-of-two’s family.

A minute’s silence was held at Tuesday’s full council meeting and the Town Hall flag will also be flown at half-mast during the day of Charlie’s funeral, which is still to be announced.

Town Mayor, Cllr Steve Kaye, said: “I think this is an appropriate gesture and will help the family and people of Welshpool through the grieving process. I knew Charlie well.”

Meanwhile, his younger sister has confirmed to us that they have liaised with the Town Council to allow their area around the TIC to be used.

“People are requesting to lay flowers as a tribute to Charlie, and we have been given permission to use the land around the Tourist Information Centre,” said Debbie Bromley.

“As a family, we really appreciate everyone’s continued support at this devastating time and would be more than happy for flowers to be laid.

“It’s really helped us all as a family reading all the lovely messages and knowing how much everybody loved him.”

Charlie returned home on Saturday morning and was brought back to Welshpool by his family.

Will Pritchard, the second Welshpool man hit by the car, is also home and recovering from injuries that he sustained in the incident.

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