A MEMORIAL tree to remember a young father who died in a Prestatyn flat fire was planted last week.
Close friends and family gathered at Rhyl’s Botanical Gardens to pay tribute to 23-year-old Liam Timbrell, who died in November following a blaze at his home on Maes y Groes.
The tragedy, which happened on October 19, also killed his one-year-old son, Charlie; partner Lee-Anna Shiers 20; and her niece and nephew, Skye Allen aged two; and Bailey Allen aged four.
His friends planted the yew tree, which they say symbolises heroism, a fitting shrine for Liam, who ran back into the burning building in an attempt rescue his loved ones.
They also released bio-degradable balloons, which inside contained messages on paper doves, with wild flower seeds in them - so that they will grow where ever they land.
Father Charles Ramsey from St Mary’s Church was also present, holding a service before blessing the tree.
Jamie Jones, who went to Rhyl High School with Liam, and who also worked in the Scala Cinema and Arts Centre with him, said: “There are plans to put benches in his memory in Prestatyn, but he also has friends and family in Rhyl. This is somewhere for us to go to remember him.
“He played such a major part in all of our lives - I am still coming to terms with his death now.”
The tree, which has been buried with some of Liam’s ashes, has been positioned between the children’s playground and the tennis courts, just yards away from the cafe, where Liam once worked as a volunteer.
The group said they had chosen this spot so that in future years when they have children, Liam will look down on them.
A plaque has also been positioned at the tree.