Memorial event to be held in Stevenage for victim of speed boat accident Billy Davies

Billy Davies

Billy Davies - Credit: Archant

A memorial is being held at Fairlands Valley Park tomorrow (Thursday) for William Davies – known to many as Billy – who tragically died last Wednesday after a speed boating accident in Wales.

Balloons and Chinese lanterns will be set off at 6pm by some of Billy’s family and friends, and anyone who cannot attend his funeral in Wales – also being held tomorrow – is invited to meet at the main car park.

Billy was pronounced dead after being pulled from the sea along with another man near Aberystwyth, with an empty speed boat found circling in the water.

Police, lifeboat and air ambulance crews were called to Aberystwyth Harbour at 9.30am after locals had reported seeing the empty 16ft vessel.

Billy and another man were found in the water, and both pulled to safety by emergency crews.

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They were rushed to Bronglais Hospital but Billy, who was 64, died from his injuries.

The second man is said to be recovering.

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Billy’s sisters Helen and Susan Davies have paid tribute to their brother, describing him as a ‘generous family man’ who loved the outdoor life and never took things too seriously.

Helen told the Comet: “We feel totally shocked.

“He comes from a close-knit family where family means family and he was very much a part of it.

“Everybody loved him. He always had a smile and a twinkle in his eye. He was very happy go lucky and he didn’t take anything seriously, but people loved him for it.”

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