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Birthday remembrance for lost fisherman
FRIENDS of Purbeck Isle fisherman Robert Prowse gathered to celebrate what would have been his 22nd birthday.
Flowers and cards were left at the bench dedicated to him on Weymouth harbourside and friends lit candles and sparklers in his memory.
Close friend Dee Clarke said: “We will always come down to this spot to celebrate his birthday every year.
“We wanted to make it really special and celebrate his life.
“I think it brings everyone together.
“There are always friends you don’t see for a while and this puts us all back in contact to remember him together.”
Robert was 20 when he was part of the three man crew aboard fishing vessel Purbeck Isle, which sank in May 2012.
His body has never been recovered.
A bench was made and donated by prisoners at HMP Verne in September, who undertook a 24-hour triathlon to raise money for it.
Dee said: “I am so happy this bench is here, it lets us all feel a bit closer to him.
“That’s so important, as we don’t have a grave.”
She added: “We all miss him so much. He was one of our own.”
The friends said Robert, a father-of-two, would have celebrated in his typical style by having a drink with his friends.
Dee said: “That’s what he always did on his birthday.
“We would have got takeaway at the end of the night – he always had chips, cheese and doner meat – and gone to sit in Alexandra Gardens.”
The friends also let off lanterns with messages to Robert attached.
Dee said: “I set up a group on Facebook to invite everyone, and we have all contributed in our own way. I think he really would have liked it.”
She added: “His mum and daughters sadly couldn’t be here today, but his mum asked us to have a few drinks for him, and visit the bench.
“It’s such a brilliant spot here, and such a nice way to remember our friend.”
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