Touching tributes left near the spot Heanor woman Charlotte Blackman was killed in a freak landslide have been removed by a holiday company who branded them ‘unsightly’.
The 22-year-old died on July 24, 2012, after she was engulfed in a rock landslide at Burton Bradstock beach in Dorset.
To mark the tragic anniversary her family - mum Rachel, dad Kevin, and brother and sister Matt, 13, and Sinead, 21 – placed flowers and a plaque by a memorial bench installed at the holiday camp they were staying at when Charlotte was killed.
But less than a fortnight later the family have received a letter from Freshwater Beach Holiday Park saying that a flower bouquet and other items left there were beginning to look ‘unsightly’.
General manager Scott Condliffe said in the letter: “While we are happy for the bench to remain at Freshwater, we don’t think it’s appropriate for the area around the bench to be used as a shrine.”
Charlotte’s mum Rachel, 45, said the ‘matter-of-fact’ letter had upset the family and she did not feel the amount of flowers left there was ‘excessive’. She said: “I can understand why they might move the bouquets, they do die off. But there’s this little teddy bear and this little plaque Sinead had made.
“We’ve emailed them to see if we can have the items back but we’ve had no answer.”
Rachel added that husband Kevin is considering taking the bench out, but she would rather it stay as she says ‘it was the last place where Charlotte was alive’.
Mr Condliffe was unavailable for comment when the News called the holiday park this week.
After Charlotte’s death her family set up the Charlotte Blackman Memorial Fund to raise money for vulnerable and autistic children the teaching assistant helped during her life.
A fundraising event is set to take place on Sunday, August 18, from 1pm at Heanor Miners’ Welfare Club on Ilkeston Road, with more than 20 stalls of cottage creations, tombolas and cakes. Children’s entertainment is planned in the shape of a bouncy castle and a visit from Peppa Pig and Spiderman.
All are welcome to attend to help swell the fund, which now stands at around £11,000. Earlier in the year the family bought a minibus and hope to use the money to take autistic and vulnerable children on holidays and days out.