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Crossing memorial to tragic Andrew; Family unveils stone.


THE family of a young man killed on a North Wales railway crossing yesterday unveiled a stone dedicated to his memory.

Andrew Deakin died when his car col

lided with a Sprinter train on the Cambrian Coast railway line almost five years ago.

Friends and relatives returned to the Traeth Mawr crossing, on the outskirts of Porthmadog, to remember the 24year-old sports enthusiast.

His dad, John Deakin, of Rhyl, said: 'Network Rail have done us proud by providing this memorial next to the crossing.

'My only hope now that half barriers are in place at the crossing is that a similar tragedy will never occur again at this spot where Andrew was killed that October morning. 'The fact that Network Rail bosses dealt so sympathetically with the whole issue is much appreciated by myself, my mother Diana, other members of the family and Andrew's numerous sporting friends.

'We will never know what went wrong that morning at what was then an open crossing with no barriers.'

The memorial was the first ever provided by rail authorities in Wales.

A Network Rail spokesman said 'We worked closely with the Deakin family to produce a suitable memorial for Andrew following the tragedy in October 2000.

'Today is a day we should remember the events of five years ago and it is beholden upon all of us to try and prevent such tragedies from happening in the future.

'Network Rail is doing its part by closing crossings and making others safer.

'But users must also do their part by following the rules and using crossings safely.'

During a short service of dedication and remembrance next to the memorial, Railway Mission chaplain the Rev Ron Keen said: 'We shall never know what went wrong that day.

'And many of those people involved in the tragedy will doubtless have bad memories.

'In placing this memorial close to the crossing we officially recognise the loss suffered by the Deakin family.

'Here we have a memorial stone in memory of Andrew which is an important step forward in a moving process in the name of safety.

'I hope the memorial will serve as a remembrance of how dangerous railways can be.'

The service heard Andrew, vicecaptain of Prestatyn Cricket Club and a football coach, achieved much in his short life.

Mr Keen added 'Andrew was quite a character and was very popular.

'Achievement was at the head of his ambitions and he once wrote a short prayer which read 'God please help me always to give 100% to the game of cricket, also please help me in my desire for fair play in life


The memorial at Traeth Mawr, Porthmadog (left) marks the tragic death of Andrew Deakin (above; Main picture: J EURON JONES
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 27, 2005
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