Tree for Tommy Blackmore in ‘the heart of Bermondsey’ to be unveiled

News Desk (06 October, 2016) Culture

Community invited to remember punch victim at unveiling in Blue

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A tree to remember Bermondsey’s Tommy Blackmore will be unveiled on the Blue later this month, as a permanent tribute to his life.

Organised by members of the community, a gathering will take place to remember Tommy a year on from his death.

Tommy died on June last year when convicted drug dealer Lloyd Smythe 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.

His death sparked a massive outpouring of grief, with various events held in his memory such as a pre-match Millwall tribute.

In June this year, Redriff Primary School in Rotherhithe, Tommy’s old school, opened a park in his honour with tributes from his teachers and family.

Bradley Blackmore, Tommy’s brother, said: “It’s good to have it [the tree] away from the scene because of the memories and to stop the residents from moving the flowers.

“It’s the heart of Bermondsey and people will come and pass through and see what this legend did with his life.

“That tree will be there for longer than most of us.”

The unveiling will happen at 1:30pm on October 22 at the Blue market place in Southwark Park Road, all are welcome.

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