Hundreds of tributes were left following the tragedy

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AN OUTPOURING of grief engulfed Paulsgrove in the wake of the crash that claimed the four friends’ lives.

The tightly-knit Paulsgrove community was devastated at the deaths of 43-year-old dad-of-four Danny Philbrow, Tommy Elmes, 16, Lewis Mackley, 18, and Tommy Marsh, 17, following the smash in Porthcawl, Wales, in April last year.

Grief-stricken mourners left hundreds of floral tributes, candles, poems and other items at the brightly-painted yellow and blue metal dome – known as the ‘mushroom’ – on Hempsted Green, off Hempsted Road in a public mark of respect.

And about 200 people took part in a 10-mile walk from Paulsgrove to Fratton Park and back to raise more than £2,000 for a memorial bench.

The black bench with the names of the four men on was later placed on the green, near the mushroom, as a place where people could sit to reflect and remember the four, ensuring that they are not forgotten.

Friends also held a raffle at nearby King Richard School in Allaway Avenue, Paulsgrove, to raise money in their memories.

And some mourners took part in a cruise to Funtington in West Sussex in memory of the four.