A GRANDMOTHER has relived the pain of learning her granddaughter and her fiance had drowned while out walking their dogs.
Thursday will mark a year since popular young couple Alicia Williams and her David Platt drowned in the River Clywedog at Erddig Country Park. They were both 25.
A year on Alicia’s grandmother Joan Williams, of Glaslyn, Plas Madoc, has spoken of the moment she learned of the tragic deaths. She said the grief is still raw.
“Twelve months on and the pain is still there.” she said.
“They say that time is a healer, but there has not been enough time yet.”
Miss Williams and Mr Platt were seen out walking their five dogs shortly before Miss Williams was found dead near the Felin Puleston entrance to Erddig Country Park on September 26, 2012.
The body of keen boxer Mr Platt was found further downstream later, following a seven hour search.
Ms Williams said the first time she knew something was wrong was when she received a phone call from her youngest son Jonathan.
“I was at home. He rang to say Alicia was missing. Afterwards I phoned her mobile but it just went on to answerphone.”
Later that evening Ms Williams went to the home of Alicia’s mother Pauline in Ruabon.
Among the family members there were Jonathan, Alicia’s father Kerri and other close relatives.
“The police came and confirmed to us that Alicia had died. The grief we all felt was huge. The whole thing was a whirl.
“I couldn’t believe something so terrible was happening to someone so young. In an instant it was all over.”
The deaths sent shockwaves of grief through Ruabon and the surrounding communities.
On Thursday the bell at Brymbo Boxing Club, where Mr Platt was a promising talent, will ring 10 times ahead of a silence to mark the first anniversary of the deaths.
Yesterday Ms Williams said losing the couple has caused a massive gap in the lives of so many people who loved them.
“There just aren’t the words to express what we feel,” she said.
“Alicia and David were very much in love and looking forward to a happy future together. This tragedy has been the worst experience ever.
“It has been terrible. I miss Alicia each and every day. We were very close.”
Ms Williams has also penned a written tribute to her granddaughter.
It says: “One year without your physical presence has made me even more aware of the love we share, a love that no one understands, and sharing it with others will change the world.
“My beautiful granddaughter. In your truth you stand perfect. I will love you for eternity. Nan.
“With a loving remembrance of David who in your last moments made you happy.”
Talking about Alicia, Ms Williams said: “Her family were always her priority and she loved animals. She was a very caring and beautiful woman, I loved her so much.
“They were a wonderful couple, who really had something special between them.”