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'RIP Folkestone lorry park' says retired truck driver who has written a poem on its closure

A former truck driver has decided to conduct daily poetry readings outside the site of the former Folkestone lorry park to mourn its closure. The concrete site on the seafront provided a place to stay for lorry drivers often travelling from Calais, but come to an end this year to make way for the multi-million pound Folkestone Harbour development.

Ziggy Duly says the Folkestone Lorry Park provided a calm respite for lorry drivers coming from CalaisZiggy Duly says the Folkestone Lorry Park provided a calm respite for lorry drivers coming from Calais

Perceived as a blight on the seafront for some, retired truck driver Ziggy Duly is determined to make the public realise the importance of lorry parks and how the Folkestone site provided a ‘safe haven’ for drivers experiencing the trauma of migrants trying to get into their trucks overseas.

Calais trauma

She said: “I wanted to remind people of the lorry park and how useful it was for drivers. “It needs to be said – no one ever puts forward the lorry driver’s point of view.

The lorry park has now disappeared to make way for the Harbour developmentThe lorry park has now disappeared to make way for the Harbour development

“Folkestone lorry park was a way to get away from all the trauma in Calais, where you’d constantly have your curtains slashed, hear dogs barking and would never get a decent night’s sleep.

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“You would not expect to spend a night in Calais without people getting in.”

She added: “People always complain about lorries, but we have to have trucks otherwise nothing will go in the shops. “Nobody thinks about us”.

11ft banner

To pay homage to the lorry park, the former lorry driver of 22 years now stands in front of the derelict site next to the former Onyx nightclub on the seafront every day.

Daily poetry readings paying homage to the lorry park happen daily near the former Onyx nightclub on the seafrontDaily poetry readings paying homage to the lorry park happen daily near the former Onyx nightclub on the seafront

Those walking by will be able to hear her pre-recorded poem from a speaker read by Braveheart actor Alun Armstrong, alongside a white banner with Ms Duly’s poetry scrawled across it. Her initial banner measured a huge 11ft wide, but has since been downscaled after the original one was stolen earlier this month (October 8).

Ziggy Duly says she wants to remind the public how important lorry driver facilities areZiggy Duly says she wants to remind the public how important lorry driver facilities are

The poem ends: “Now the Lorry Park’s gone to make way for houses, our one time safe haven has had its day.

RIP

“Its lay byes for us, or maybe hard shoulders.

Even less space to hide away. “RIP Folkestone Lorry Park – flattened April 2017.

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“We had good times there.” Ms Duly’s poetry reading sessions are part of local art project Folkestone Fringe.

Readings on the seafront are conducted every day from 2pm (weather permitting).

Swift Caravans worker killed in horrific crash with forklift truck is named

A Swift Caravans worker who died after a collision with a forklift truck has been named. Paul Heath, 64, tragically died after being hit by the vehicle at the company’s base in Dunswell Road, Cottingham[1], on Tuesday. Tragically, he died just a few days before his 65th birthday, which would have been tomorrow (Sunday).

His devastated family have said: “He was deeply loved by the whole family.” The grandfather was set to retire at the end of the month and his death left fellow employees “shocked.”[2] After his death, Nick Page, who is the commercial director for Swift Caravans, said the firm’s thoughts are with Mr Heath’s family and friends.

Police attended the incident

Speaking on Wednesday, Mr Page said: “They left him yesterday morning expecting to see him again last night and that did not happen.

We are in close contact with them. “For those people that witnessed the accident, counselling has been offered. Staff were asked to come in later, at 10am on Wednesday.

“Managers arrived earlier. A team briefing was then held.”

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Witnesses to the tragedy have since been interviewed by Humberside Police[3] and the Health and Safety Executive. James Turner, the company’s managing director, said: “At this stage it is too early to establish how the incident occurred, but Swift Group will be cooperating fully with any investigation that is launched.”

Managing director of the Swift Group, James Turner, confirmed the man's death outside of the site on Tuesday afternoonManaging director of the Swift Group, James Turner, confirmed the man’s death outside of the site on Tuesday afternoon

Tributes poured in for Mr Heath following his death as co-workers paid their respects to a “popular” colleague.

One Swift employee said: “He was a nice guy, just a really nice guy. He was meant to be retiring in two or three weeks. It’s so sad.

“It’s just a sad, sad day when a guy has lost his life and there was absolutely no need to. “He was very well regarded by everyone who worked here and he was a decent guy – everyone really got along with him.” People also paid their respects on social media following Mr Heath’s death.

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One person said: “So sad that poor man’s gone to work like every other day and something so tragic happens.

R.I.P, thoughts are with the family at this very sad time.”

Mr Heath’s name was released by Hull Coroners Court[4] after an inquest into his death was opened and adjourned on Friday morning.

References

  1. ^ Cottingham (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ his death left fellow employees “shocked.” (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
  3. ^ Humberside Police (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
  4. ^ Hull Coroners Court (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)

Swift Caravans worker killed in horrific crash with forklift truck is named

A Swift Caravans worker who died after a collision with a forklift truck has been named. Paul Heath, 64, tragically died after being hit by the vehicle at the company’s base in Dunswell Road, Cottingham[1], on Tuesday. Tragically, he died just a few days before his 65th birthday, which would have been tomorrow (Sunday).

His devastated family have said: “He was deeply loved by the whole family.” The grandfather was set to retire at the end of the month and his death left fellow employees “shocked.”[2] After his death, Nick Page, who is the commercial director for Swift Caravans, said the firm’s thoughts are with Mr Heath’s family and friends.

Police attended the incident

Speaking on Wednesday, Mr Page said: “They left him yesterday morning expecting to see him again last night and that did not happen.

We are in close contact with them. “For those people that witnessed the accident, counselling has been offered. Staff were asked to come in later, at 10am on Wednesday.

“Managers arrived earlier. A team briefing was then held.”

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Witnesses to the tragedy have since been interviewed by Humberside Police[3] and the Health and Safety Executive. James Turner, the company’s managing director, said: “At this stage it is too early to establish how the incident occurred, but Swift Group will be cooperating fully with any investigation that is launched.”

Managing director of the Swift Group, James Turner, confirmed the man's death outside of the site on Tuesday afternoonManaging director of the Swift Group, James Turner, confirmed the man’s death outside of the site on Tuesday afternoon

Tributes poured in for Mr Heath following his death as co-workers paid their respects to a “popular” colleague.

One Swift employee said: “He was a nice guy, just a really nice guy. He was meant to be retiring in two or three weeks. It’s so sad.

“It’s just a sad, sad day when a guy has lost his life and there was absolutely no need to. “He was very well regarded by everyone who worked here and he was a decent guy – everyone really got along with him.” People also paid their respects on social media following Mr Heath’s death.

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One person said: “So sad that poor man’s gone to work like every other day and something so tragic happens.

R.I.P, thoughts are with the family at this very sad time.”

Mr Heath’s name was released by Hull Coroners Court[4] after an inquest into his death was opened and adjourned on Friday morning.

References

  1. ^ Cottingham (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ his death left fellow employees “shocked.” (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
  3. ^ Humberside Police (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
  4. ^ Hull Coroners Court (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)