Paddy Higgins' family call for Newquay boycottBy Alice Murphy
July 10, 2009
The family of tragic teenager Paddy Higgins have launched a campaign to prevent further teenage deaths in Newquay.
Shireen Higgins, the stepmum of 16-year-old Paddy, who died after falling from a cliff at the seaside resort in the early hours of Monday, has launched a campaign with her family to prevent other parents going through such a tragedy.
A page called ‘Boycott Newquay holidays for teenagers’ has been set up on networking site Facebook to raise awareness of the dangers.
Naomi and Tom Barbour, Paddy’s stepbrother and sister, have set up the group, which has already attracted 1,500 supporters.
Meanwhile, friends of the youngster have been paying emotional tributes to their friend.
More than 1,500 devastated pals have filled a memorial page on
Facebook with messages of grief and expressing support for his family.
One tribute said: “You were so caring and happy all the time and will never be forgotten.”
Another said: “Loved and known by everyone. Never be forgotten and always missed. You made a difference to everyone who knew you, I’m just glad I got to know you, you were an amazing person.”
One commented: “The amount of members show how popular this amazing person was.”
The seaside town is feted as a hotspot for post-GCSE and A-level holidays but under-age teenagers are being sold alcohol.
Mrs Higgins said: “We have set up the site to warn other parents about teenagers going unsupervised.
“Newquay markets itself as the teenage party capital but as a family we do not want any other family to have to go through what we are suffering.
“We would like the drinking age ideally to be raised to 21 and have better fencing on the cliffs.
“Until then, we are trying to boycott Newquay.”
She said the cliffs in the town are unfenced, teenagers are encouraged to party hard and the clubs, bars and restaurants sell alcohol without asking teens for ID first.
Mrs Higgins said: “Our children these days want it all and now and have the money to do so, which we didn’t have in our day.
“They should not have access to all the alcohol they have at 16.
“We have evidence that Patrick was able to purchase a round of sambuccas and Corona beer in a restaurant without ID.”