Charity helps to light up the sky over Hemel Hempstead in Billy’s honour for two year anniversary

Flowers and tributes laid to Billy Dove two years after his death.
Flowers and tributes laid to Billy Dove two years after his death.

Flowers and tributes to murdered Billy Dove have been laid at a tree close to where he died two years ago.

The popular 21-year-old trainee mechanic had been on a night out with friends on Guy Fawkes Night in 2011, before he was stabbed at around 1.30am the next morning.

As well as the physical tributes left at the site now known by many as ‘Billy’s Tree’, many people have posted memories and messages to Billy on Twitter and Facebook.

A community fireworks display to mark the second anniversary of his death is to be held on Friday.

The event at Adeyfield Adventure Playground is part-funded by Billy’s Wish, the anti-knife crime charity set up by his family.

Billy’s father Paul Dove said: “We were looking for a meaningful way to mark the anniversary of when we lost my son – what could be better than to fund a fireworks display for families and the young people of Hemel to enjoy?

“While we usually have a policy to use our funds only towards directly fighting knife crime, this event seems like a perfect way to support the local community and celebrate my Billy’s life. I’d always take him to firework displays when he was a young boy, which he loved.

“The people of Hemel have been amazing, I cant thank them enough for helping me build a special legacy for my son, so he’s always remembered.”

Deputy manager of the adventure playground Danny Taber said: “A few hundred pounds for this display has come from our budget but we were lucky enough that Billy’s Wish said they would give us £400, which was fantastic. It’s going to be a really great display this year.”

Entry is free although donations towards the adventure playground are welcomed. Refreshments will be available and doors open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start.