Book to keep memory of ‘adventurer’ alive

A FITTING TRIBUTE: Chris Alderton's sister Tina and mother Brenda with his book As The Balloon Blows By.
A FITTING TRIBUTE: Chris Alderton's sister Tina and mother Brenda with his book As The Balloon Blows By.

The family of a man killed in a car crash has published the book he finished just days before his death.

Christopher Alderton, from Lavenham, died in hospital a week after his Nissan Micra was involved in a crash with a recovery truck on the A24 in Sussex last January.

The 30-year-old had just completed writing his book, As the Balloon Blows By, and, thanks to the efforts of his family and friends, the children’s story has made it into print.

“This book is a tribute to him and it helps keep his memory alive,” said Mr Alderton’s mother, Brenda, who lives in Green Acre, Great Waldingfield.

“It is a lovely story and children will thoroughly enjoy it.”

The book, which took three years to write, was launched in Edwardstone earlier this month and has sold more than 80 copies.

Profits from the book, written in the style of Mr Alderton’s favourite authors Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, will go to Headway, a brain injuries charity.

“He suffered head injuries in the crash and that is the charity that would have helped him had he survived,” said Brenda.

“He would be thrilled to bits the book is published and supporting charity.”

Mr Alderton was a former pupil at Lavenham Primary School, Stoke-by-Nayland Middle School and Great Cornard Upper School. He worked at The Angel Hotel in Lavenham, before running clothes stalls at music festivals around the world.

His family, including sisters Sharon, Lynda and Tina, described him as an “adventurer” who loved travelling and touched many lives.

“He has left a big hole in a lot of people’s lives,” said Tina, a teaching assistant at Great Waldingfield Primary School.

“He packed a lot into his life and did more in his short time than most people do in a lifetime.”

She added that the book was a fitting tribute. “To finally see the book in print is quite surreal, but it would have been such a waste to leave it as he worked so hard on it,” said Tina. “It is just a shame he is not here to see it.”

The book is priced at £8. To buy a copy, email astheballoonblowsby@gmail.com.