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I've achieved my goals in honouring Andrew; Dad pleased at memorial for son killed on level crossing.


THE dad of a man killed at a rail crossing was yesterday delighted with a poignant memorial.

Network Rail installed the stone monument at Traeth Mawr open crossing near Porthmadog to remember Andrew Deakin.

Andrew, 24, from Rhyl, was a sports coach, who worked for Porthmadog's Soccer Skills. He died in October 2000 after his car was struck by a Sprinter train at the open crossing.

Yesterday, dad John - who won a four-year battle to get barriers at the crossing - said he was pleased.

A dedication ceremony by Ron Keenan, Railway Mission chaplain for Wales and the Marches, will be held at the crossing on June 26.

With all objectives achieved following the tragedy, Mr Deakin - a salesman for Curry's electrical store in Rhyl - now faces a new challenge.

'We are really pleased with the memorial.

'After the ceremony, to be honest I don't know what I am going to do with myself.

'For the last four years I have strived to get the barriers in place, ringing people, writing letters. The last six months there have been e-mails back and to about the memorial and the ceremony.

'During that time, Andrew has been with me every day. But after the ceremony, I will have achieved all my objectives.

'I will have to take a bit of time to myself and come to terms with the fact that Andrew has gone. I will have to put myself into something else.

The permanent memorial was promised by rail chiefs as barriers were put in place.

'After the accident, we had a little garden with a photo of him there.

'The work on the barriers was extensive. I was invited to see the progress.

'The foreman apologised they had to dig up the garden but asked if there was anything else I would like in its place and it went from there.'

Barriers were eventually installed on the crossing in October last year.

Every anniversary since the tragedy, his father has placed a red rose at the scene.

He led demands for Railtrack, later Network Rail, to build half-barriers across the track to prevent another tragedy


Andrew Deakin was killed in 2000 when his car was hit by a train
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 16, 2005
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