Club in tribute to tragic driver

A social club which was damaged when a lorry crashed into it has reopened with a ceremony to remember the driver who died.

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Linda Holl (Secretary), Terry Fitzgerald Jnr (Branch Vice Chairman) and Leigh Jones (Chairman) hold up tribute to the lorry driver who lost his life crashing into the Wednesbury Royal British Legion Building, Wednesbury,

The lorry ploughed into the Royal British Legion social club, in Wednesbury, on Boxing Day.

Around 15 people fled from the club’s lounge and snooker room in the aftermath of the tragedy.

A lorry crashed into the side of the Royal British Legion club in Wednesbury
The lorry crashed into the side of the Royal British Legion club in Wednesbury

 

The man who died was 55-year-old Polish driver Henryk Jackowski. He had been taken on at Cargo Carriers, based in Bagnall Street, Great Bridge, in the run-up to the festive season and was delivering milk when the crash happened.

Dozens of club members gathered on Saturday evening to reopen the venue. The concert area and bar were untouched in the accident.

Club chairman Leigh Jones said members held a minute’s silence on the night to remember Mr Jackowski. They have also placed a wreath outside the building.