Town unites in grief

Tributes to St Annes killing victim Barry Kirkham outside Zeko's takeaway in Park Road
Tributes to St Annes killing victim Barry Kirkham outside Zeko's takeaway in Park Road
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St Annes has united in tribute to a man who died after he was assaulted outside a town centre takeaway.

Touching memorials were laid outside Zeko’s on Park Road following the death of 47-year-old Barry Kirkham.

The supermarket worker had been celebrating the life of his friend and fellow Blackpool FC fan John Chandler after a funeral on Monday when he was attacked at around 11pm.

As police launched a murder investigation, a rapidly-growing number of tributes to Mr Kirkham were laid at the town centre site.

Along with flowers and Seasiders’ shirts, there was a Bolton Wanderers cap and a pint of bitter.

The messages included one simply signed ‘C’, which recalled ‘a real gentle giant who will be sadly missed by all who knew you’, while another said: ‘You will always be remembered for having the biggest heart’.

Another, signed ‘Kat’, described Mr Kirkham as ‘the life and soul of so many good times’, while another, signed ‘Kirsty’, said: ‘You were such a lovely man’.

Further along the street, close to the junction with Wood Street, a small tangerine bouquet was attached to a lamp-post with the message from St Annes Chamber of Trade: ‘Our thoughts are with you’.