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ECSTASY GIRL'S FAMILY FLEE HEARTACHE; NEW LIFE: JULIA'S GRIEVING PARENTS SELL HOME AND BUSINESS.

The parents of Ecstasy victim Julia Dawes have sold the health club where she worked.

The Dawes family have also put their home on the market and plan to start a new life away from Perth.

According to friends, they want to get away from constant reminders of their daughter.

Julia died a month ago after taking Ecstasy during a night out for a friend's birthday.

Her parents found her collapsed at home on August 2, and she died in Perth Royal Infirmary two days later.

The 18-year-old had worked as a sales manager in Hanovers Health and Fitness Club, which her parents owned.

The exclusive Perth health club had been open for only a few months.

Yesterday, it was confirmed a New- castle-based leisure group had bought the club.

Ivy Court Lei-sure Clubs are said to have paid pounds 250,000 for the club, due to re- open this month.

The home which Julia's parents, Alan and Jacqueline, share with son Jonathan, 16, in Redgorton, Perthshire, was also up for sale this week.

The luxury five-bedroom house was only recently finished and is on the market at offers over pounds 159,000.

Julia's sports car has also been sold by the Dawes. The green R-reg Vauxhall Tigra is now on sale at a local dealers for pounds 11,595.

A friend of the family said they were desperate to move away to escape memories.

He said: "I understand why they want to get away from that house.

"They had only been in it weeks when Julia died. What makes it worse was that Alan and Jacqueline found her there.

"Every day, they spend there must remind them of what happened. I believe they are planning to go back to England."

He added: "Selling the club is also just a case of tying up loose ends and moving on."

Neighbours in the tiny village said they were not surprised the Dawes were leaving. One said: "Before it happened, they were very friendly and you'd see them regularly. Now they hardly go out."

Julia had worked alongside fitness coach boyfriend Mark Reilly, 21, at Hanovers over the summer after completing a business course at Perth College.

It's believed she had the equivalent of one Ecstasy tablet in her system the night she collapsed.

Four people were arrested in connection with supplying drugs charges and are expected to appear in court at a later date.

The Dawes family declined to comment yesterday.

They moved to Perth 16 years ago, for business reasons, from the south of England.
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Author:Frew, Callum
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Date:Sep 4, 1998
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