A night of celebration as well as reflection will mark the 21st anniversary of the brutal murder of schoolgirl Claire Tiltman this weekend.
A charity tribute night is being held at Princes Park, Dartford tonight.
It will be a stark contrast to last year’s sombre and moving candlelit walk, retracing the 16-year-old’s last steps.
Claire’s best friend from school, Lisa Gribbin, said: “It is very different to the walk, where we had a chance to release some of the pain and sadness.
“This year it’s a tribute to the Tiltmans, a night of fun and celebration.”
Tilt, as she was nicknamed by friends, was stabbed more than 40 times in an alleyway off London Road, Greenhithe, on her way home to Woodward Terrace on January 18, 1993. Her killer has never been found.
The night in her honour has been organised by a group of her old school friends who also set up the Justice For Claire campaign, and includes a live performance from top tribute band Abba Gold.
Mrs Gribbin added: “It’s a family night out and not just for adults – everyone is welcome. Abba Gold are in demand all over Europe and we’re honoured they have agreed to come and do this for us.
Memorial walk to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of murdered schoolgirl Claire Tiltman
“We really hope that the good memories far outweigh the bad, to honour Tilt and her family in the way they deserve.
“Once Tilt’s murderer finally faces justice she can be remembered above all else for the true friend that she was.
“We have some amazing raffle prizes on the night, from tickets to football matches and days out, autographed books and a voucher for a new bike and more prizes are still
“Local businesses are being amazingly supportive with very kind and generous donations. We are overwhelmed by the support.”
Justice For Claire wristbands
Asda in Greenhithe has made the Justice For Claire campaign one of the options in their green token box this month to help raise some funds for the charity night.
The evening will run from 7.30pm until midnight and tickets cost £15 via the website www.justiceforclaire.co.uk.
- Police are still investigating the case. Anyone with information should contact them on 01634 884010 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.