‘This is his park’: Redriff Primary School opens park in honour of former pupil Tommy Blackmore

News Desk (16 June, 2016) Misc

The grand opening featured the school choir, poems written by the children and tributes from Tommy’s teachers

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Redriff Primary School officially opened a Rotherhithe park named after former pupil Tommy Blackmore on June 10 with singing and tributes to his memory.

The grand opening featured the school choir, poems written by the children and tributes from Tommy’s teachers.

Tommy's Park

Tommy’s brother, Bradley, said: “I’m overwhelmed. It was a great tribute and it brings a tear to the eye. The park will be here longer than Tommy and it’s a good testament to who he was. It goes to show how much of an impact he had.

“All the kids will grow up knowing him. Maybe it will make kids in the future think twice about taking a swing.”

Tommy died on June last year when convicted drug dealer Lloyd Smythe, 29, from the Tabard Gardens Estate, Borough, delivered a “boxing jab” to the head outside Mono Lounge nightclub near Tower Bridge.

Tommy was a “totally innocent victim” in the unprovoked attack, for which Smythe was jailed for manslaughter.

Tommy's Park Poem

Redriff’s headteacher, Mickey Kelly, said in his tribute to Tommy: “If I had to name the chair outside my office it would be called Tommy’s Chair.

“Everything about Bermondsey and Rotherhithe was Tommy. He loved to talk and he loved to have his little chats. He was cheeky and the nicest boy. He was unique.

“It’s sad that a year ago he had his bright future taken away but he was not a sad boy, he took from life as much as he could take. He loved and enjoyed life.

“This is his park and we are here to celebrate.”

Tommy Blackmore

Tommy Blackmore

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