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Prestatyn fire: Scala cinema remembers Liam Timbrell

Laim Timbrell
Image caption Laim Timbrell had worked in the cinema's Saronies cafe bar

A Denbighshire cinema staged a series of events to celebrate the life of a former worker who died in a house fire with four family members.

Liam Timbrell, 23, died after the fire which killed his partner Lee-Anna Shiers, 20, and their 15-month-old son Charlie.

Ms Shiers' nephew Bailey Allen, four, and niece Skye, two, also died.

The Scala cinema, Prestatyn, showed the first Harry Potter film, as staff thought he looked like the character.

Chris Bond, manager of the Scala Cinema and Arts Centre, said Mr Timbrell's nickname was Harry, and he loved the Potter movies.

He said Mr Timbrell had worked at the cinema as an assistant in its Saronies cafe bar.

However, he left earlier this year because he needed a job with more hours to support his family.

Mr Bond said: "He was very popular, very friendly.

"He was a lovely member of staff and he will be missed by everyone - staff and customers."

There was a bouncy castle and face-painting, as well as a raffle with prizes donated by local firms, before the film was screened.

Money raised will be donated to grieving family members, as well as creating a permanent memorial to Mr Timbrell in the cafe.

Last week, about 300 people attended a public service in Prestatyn in memory of the fire victims.

Mr Timbrell had been in a critical condition since the fire on 19 October and died on 5 November at Glenfield Hospital, Leicester.

Ms Shiers died in the blaze along with her niece and nephew. Baby Charlie died at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool.

A 42-year-old woman, Melanie Smith, has been charged with five murders and has been remanded in custody.

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