Son ‘touched’ as flowers replaced

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A SON’S floral tribute to mark the first anniversary of his father’s death has been replaced after the original flowers went missing.

Two weeks ago, the Free Press reported how flowers left on Sudbury’s Market Hill by Mark Collins in memory of his father Frederick vanished within hours.

Mr Collins, from Raleigh Road, said he believed the flowers – put down outside St Peter’s a year after his 75-year-old father was crushed to death by a lorry as he attempted to cross the road – had been stolen.

After reading the story, Andrew Stone, owner of Passionflower florists in King Street, said he felt compelled to offer Mr Collins, 48, replacement flowers.

“Our shop is located almost adjacent to where Mark’s father was tragically killed and I know that flowers were supplied by us for his father’s funeral at the time,” said Mr Stone.

“I don’t know whether Mark bought the flowers from us that were subsequently removed but that is not really the point.

“We read the story and wanted to help by offering this gesture of goodwill.”

Mr Collins said he was “touched” by the offer of the flowers, which were relaid last week close to the spot where his father died.

THANKS: Mark Collins said he was touched by the offer of flowers.