T-SHIRTS SHOW LOVE FOR TEEN KILLED IN CRASH

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - TOM HOUGHTON Re­porter tom.houghton@waleson­line.co.uk

HUN­DREDS of peo­ple wore T-shirts adorned with the words “I Love Sausage” to cel­e­brate the life of a teenage rugby player who died in a crash. Dy­lan Wil­liams was killed in the crash on Oc­to­ber 1, and yes­ter­day friends, fam­ily and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity turned out to pay trib­ute to him.

The slo­gan, I Love Sausage, was printed on shirts at the event in the Rhym­ney Val­ley in ref­er­ence to Dy­lan’s nick­name Sausage, which he was given as a child be­cause of a lisp which meant he could not pro­nounce sausage.

Fam­ily friend Joel Ed­wards said he had sold hun­dreds of the shirts, the funds from which will go to the fam­ily and fu­neral costs.

Joel said: “I have al­ready sold 245 shirts and there’s still more peo­ple to turn up. We just can’t keep up.

“This has been a lovely way to pay trib­ute to Dy­lan. We are hav­ing a drink in his me­mory and all of his friends are com­ing to­gether so strong.”

The event was held at Rhym­ney RFC in War Memo­rial Park, where Dy­lan, 19, from Aber­bar­goed, played rugby.

Joel added: “It’s awe­some what’s hap­pen­ing here to­day. I find it dif­fi­cult to de­scribe. We are all happy and we just want to make the fam­ily happy. It’s the only way we can be at the mo­ment.

“His fam­ily have turned up to ap­pre­ci­ate what we have done for him and to say their thanks to ev­ery­one.”

Joel, who played rugby along­side Dy­lan from the age of 11, or­gan­ised yes­ter­day’s pro­ceed­ings, and said they now want to make it a yearly event at the club to re­mem­ber him.

He added: “The last few days have not been too bad. Ev­ery one of his friends have come round and ac­cepted the fact he has gone. We are try­ing to stay strong.

“I don’t think we will for­get him for the rest of our lives. He was such a lovely char­ac­ter. He would al­ways be the one to make you laugh if you were sad. This event is so fit­ting to­day. None of us have a bad word to say about him.”

Dy­lan’s fa­ther, Paul Wil­liams, said: “I think his friends have got a col­lec­tive grief be­cause I know he was re­ally pop­u­lar. At the mo­ment I feel like they are chan­nelling their grief and want to cel­e­brate his life.

“He loved his friends and I think this would be some­thing that he would have re­ally en­joyed.”

The group orig­i­nally planned to wear silly shirts to the club and have a quiet drink but once they came across the “I Love Sausage” T-shirt, the event snow­balled.

Last Mon­day, Dy­lan’s friends or­gan­ised a mass bal­loon re­lease as a trib­ute to the teenager.

Dy­lan was rid­ing an off-road mo­tor­cy­cle when he died in the crash in El­liot­stown, New Tre­de­gar.

PIC­TURES: RICHARD SWINGLER

Friends of Dy­lan Wil­liams wear their I Love Sausage T-shirts

Ash­ton Wil­liams, aged 11 months, left, and Blake Wil­liams, three

Dy­lan Wil­liams died in a crash

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