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Family marks tragic Mantha's anniversary

PUBLISHED: 08:01 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 19:59 05 July 2010

THE family of tragic six-year-old Samantha Castledine will release balloons in her memory today, a year after her death.

Samantha - known affectionately as "Mantha" - of Spashett Road, Lowestoft, died after being in collision with a lorry on the A12 Yarmouth Road on her way to Gunton Primary School.

THE family of tragic six-year-old Samantha Castledine will release balloons in her memory today, a year after her death.

Samantha - known affectionately as “Mantha” - of Spashett Road, Lowestoft, died after being in collision with a lorry on the A12 Yarmouth Road on her way to Gunton Primary School.

This morning, her sisters Jo Woolnough, 28, and Lyndsey Springer, 26, will lay a floral wreath in the shape of a purple cross at the spot where she died before a dozen members of her family release helium balloons from her home at 8.35am, the time she died.

Mrs Woolnough said the family would be walking Samantha's dogs, Princess Rosie and Ricky The Dog, before going swimming together in memory of Samantha.

“Samantha was learning to swim and she loved swimming. It is going to be a horrible day, but after this we will have been through one of everything since she died,” she said.

The family continues to campaign for safety improvements on the road and has been collecting signatures on a petition. It wants the speed limit past the school reduced to 20mph, a second crossing patrol added and a lights-controlled crossing put in place but has been told that this would mean the existing crossing patrol would be taken away.

Mrs Woolnough said: “Reducing the speed limit to 20mph, as it is at other schools in the area, would make a huge difference. During term time it is very busy along there. They definitely need a second crossing patrol. The crossing patrol there has to follow the last child across the road to the central reservation and cannot then be the first one across after the central reservation. I would have preferred lights, but if they are going to take the crossing patrol away then that will make it even more dangerous.”

“We are just going to keep going. I get so angry because I know it is going to take something else to happen, another family to go through what we have been through, before anything is done.”

The Highways Agency has ruled out any immediate action to improve the crossing, while Suffolk County Council has been looking for a second patrol officer but has yet to find anyone to take up the role.

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