Parents of death fall victim appeal to councillors

PUBLISHED: 12:21 19 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:43 25 May 2010

THE parents of a talented youngster who died when he fell from Clevedon seafront are appealing to councillors to help stop a similar tragedy happening again.

THE parents of a talented youngster who died when he fell from Clevedon seafront are appealing to councillors to help stop a similar tragedy happening again.

Nick Wring plummeted from the town's promenade onto the rocks below while walking home from a night out in October 2005.

At a full North Somerset Council meeting last night (Tues) a family representative spoke on behalf of the 20-year-old's parents and asked for better railings to be put on the seafront.

Peter Tyjack said: "Three years ago Nick fell over the railings and onto the slabs below.

"His parents say they do not wish to lay any blame.

"But they are respectfully asking the council to secure the substandard railings as soon as possible.

"Within 12 months of their son's death, there was one other in the same area, as well as a serious fall.

"More than 70 per cent of the railings show serious signs of corrosion and their height falls well below that required for a public place.

"Nick felt unwell and put his hand out to steady himself but fell over.

"At his inquest the coroner said he was concerned about the railings and would investigate the matter."

Nick, who was due to take a diploma at The Royal College of Music, grew up in Clevedon. He died 10 days before his 21st birthday.

At last night's meeting, highways chief Councillor Elfan Ap Rees said how sorry he was for Mr and Mrs Wring's loss and assured them that he had already asked a council officer investigate the matter.


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