A SPECIAL plaque has been unveiled on Worcester’s Sabrina Bridge in memory of Bromsgrove teenager Tom Jones who sadly drowned in 2018.
The University of Worcester student died after falling into the River Severn on his way home from a night out with friends.
The touching tribute in memory of the 18-year-old sits at the end of the refurbished bridge as it goes on to Hylton Road.
It reads: ‘With heartfelt thanks to the wonderful community of Worcester for your compassion, kindness and overwhelming support. In loving memory of Thomas Jones: 30 August 2000 – 18 September 2018’.
Worcestershire County Council agreed two years ago to install the plaque once the bridge had been refurbished.
Tom’s parents, Ian and Vicki Jones, said in a joint statement: “We are truly overwhelmed by your support and kindness. This is such a fitting tribute and we honestly can’t put into words what this means to us as a family.
“Our most sincere thanks to Jon Fraser and all involved at Worcestershire County Council for arranging this and for the amazing support you have been.”
Jon Fraser of Worcestershire County Council Highways added: “I’ve stayed in touch with Tom’s family throughout the Sabrina Bridge refurbishment and I’m really pleased that we’re now at a stage where we can unveil the memorial to Tom.
“The bridge was filled with tributes and Worcestershire really came to support Tom’s family, and so it’s great for there to now be a permanent tribute.”