Party time as popular Dan is remembered

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His bedroom has remained untouched for a year but for the first time since his death, Dan Rollins’ room was full of teenagers after a night out.

Mum Sue said it was emotional and difficult but a fitting way to mark the first anniversary since the 18 year-old from Whitby was killed in a car crash.

Sue had organised a fund-raising and tribute night which took place at the Met last Wednesday – a year to the day since Dan died.

A minute’s silence was held at the time they think Dan died at the scene of the crash on the A171 near the Ugthorpe turn off before everyone strawpedoed a drink and danced to Wild Ones.

Afterwards a group of his mates headed into town and stayed over at the family house on Westbourne Avenue where Dan lived with mum Sue and younger sister Tiffany.

She told the Gazette: “The minute’s silence was really hard to be honest but the whole thing went well. After the strawpedo we danced to Wild Ones which is the song they carried him into church to at the funeral.

“It was very touching and brought it all back. The lads went into town and wanted me to go with them. There must have been a dozen staying over, it is the first time his room has been used since he died and they were all laid on his bed which was nice actually.

“The next morning it was like a weekend when he had been there and I was cooking breakfast for his mates. It has been an emotional few days.”

On the night and through the sale of Dollins wristbands, which was his nickname, £3,890 was raised.

It will pay for a defibrillator to be fitted to the wall outside Spring Vale Medical Centre and any remainder will be put towards ECG machines.

Sue added: “We wanted to keep it local whatever we did because Dan loved Whitby.

“I thought of a defibrillator because he lost his life so I thought him losing his life could help save somebody else’s, it would be of benefit to everybody including holidaymakers.”