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Burntwood goes yellow in honour of Stephen Sutton

Stephen Sutton died a year ago today Photo: PA

Residents of Burntwood in Staffordshire are tying yellow ribbons all over the town in memory of Stephen Sutton MBE.

Today marks a year since the death of the teenager, who raised almost five million pounds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Stephen's mother Jane says the ribbons will be a symbol of the community's 'grief, love and unity'.

Today, May 14th, marks the end of one and the start of a new chapter of Stephen's journey.

He may no longer be with us in person, but his infectious beaming smile, determination to not accept the word 'no' and his courage to simply 'get on with life' has impacted on so many lives that his influence will remain.

Of course I miss Stephen, there's an enormous void which he used to occupy.

However, I'm so proud of everything he has achieved. He was inspirational, authentic and courageous and his message was so incredibly powerful and relevant to us all.

– Jane Sutton
Stephen Sutton meets the Prime Minister Credit: PA

Teenage Cancer Trust and the community group Turn Burntwood Yellow, are inviting local people and those inspired by Stephen’s Story to a special event at Chasetown Football Club, at 5pm today to celebrate his life.

The gathering will include a tribute ‘thumbs up’ moment, a yellow balloon release and a book of reflections for people to sign.

Yellow ribbons were also tied around Lichfield town centre before Stephen Sutton's funeral last year Credit: PA

The tribute 'thumbs up' moment today is so appropriate as Stephen made his trademark thumbs up sign a symbol of his positive attitude.

That's the image people remember, that gorgeous smile and the thumbs up.

The yellow balloon release is such a beautiful way to remember Stephen and celebrate his life.

The actual release of the balloons will, for some, be seen as a celebration of life, for some it might be viewed as release of grief and it also has a fun element that Stephen would have approved of.

Let's not forget the colour yellow and its association with warmth and happiness. That's how Stephen would want to be remembered.

– Jane Sutton
The Queen presents Jane Sutton with her son's MBE Credit: PA

A collection of Stephen’s awards will also be on display, including his Pride of Britain Award and MBE.

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