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Variety show in friends' memory

PUBLISHED: 11:11 21 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:51 05 July 2010

A 15-YEAR-OLD schoolgirl will pay an emotional tribute to two close friends during a variety show she has organised in their memory.

Harriett Athorn has recruited fellow members of Jumpin Jax to take part in a two-night entertainment spectacular at Pakefield's Seagull Theatre, next Friday and Saturday, November 28 and 29.

A 15-YEAR-OLD schoolgirl will pay an emotional tribute to two close friends during a variety show she has organised in their memory.

Harriett Athorn has recruited fellow members of Jumpin Jax to take part in a two-night entertainment spectacular at Pakefield's Seagull Theatre, next Friday and Saturday, November 28 and 29.

It will pay tribute to the popular teenager Jordan (Jordie) Smith, 17, who died suddenly from a rare blood clotting disorder in June, and Karen Sturgess, 39, who died a few days later from cancer.

Harriett, who lives in Heath Road, said their funerals were held at Gorleston Crematorium on the same day, at the same time, two weeks apart.

The first half of the show will be dedicated to Karen, who was a close friend of Harriett's mother Penny, who runs Jumpin Jax, and will raise money for cancer research.

It will be called Musical Memories and the team will sing and dance songs from the shows.

Harriett is now looking for friends and family members of Jordie's to take part in songs and dances during the second half of the show, which will be dedicated to him.

She said that before Jordie died they stayed up one night talking.

“Jordie went to Denes High School, which is where I used to go as well. I used to live near him and we spent a lot of time with each other. My last memory of him is a good one.”

She said Karen, who was in lots of bands around the town over the years, wished her good luck for an X Factor audition before she died.

“Even though she lost her hair she still looked gorgeous. She went through cancer a few times and she was such a strong woman.

“Both Jordie and Karen really loved life and lived it to the full and I really want to get the message across.”

Harriett said she had written a song about them both and she was going to try to produce an album in their memory.

There are also plans to create a memorial place with money from the show.

The variety shows will start at 7pm. For tickets, call into Skin Graphics, in Bevan Street, Lowestoft, or call Jumpin Jax on 01502 531045.

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