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.