Missing Taylor Lacey

A CROWD estimated at more than 300 gathered under the New Norfolk Bridge earlier tonight to light candles for missing New Norfolk student Taylor Lacey. The event was organised and promoted via Facebook, supported by emergency services volunteers who swung into action this afternoon to ensure the safety of all who participated.

From about 5pm, people started to gather at Fitzgerald Park on the northern side of the bridge. The crowd was at its peak between 6-7pm, at which point several hundred people walked onto the bridge to assemble near the last place Taylor was seen at about 2am last Friday. A smaller number returned to the river’s edge where dozens of candles were burning brightly.

The event was a credit to its organisers and the hundreds of mostly young participants. Emergency service volunteers were on hand but kept a respectful distance. A free barbecue was provided by the Derwent Valley Council and New Norfolk Lions Club. 

UPDATE: The Mercury’s report of the gathering – here.

Some of the candles under the bridge tonight.

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