Floral tributes have been left outside the homes of a mother and son who both lost their lives to coronavirus.
Bunches of flowers have been placed on the pavement outside the neighbouring properties in Cornwallis Street, Stoke, where Dorothy Wakefield and Mark Wakefield lived.
The pair died within seven hours of each other at the Royal Stoke University Hospital last Saturday after they both contracted Covid-19.
Now tributes have flooded in for ‘true legend’ Mark, aged 53, and his ‘wonderful’ mum Dot, aged 79, as their home town struggles to come to terms with their sudden deaths.
Old school friend Dave Rowley said: “It’s heartbreaking to lose a very good mate of mine since infant school.
“A true legend from Stoke who could cheer anyone up with his mad ways.
“I’m going miss seeing you around mate. It won’t be the same now not seeing you Wakey and your lovely mum Dot.”
Lyn Dudley Colley added: “It’s such sad news. I haven’t stopped thinking about them since I heard the terrible news.
“My heart goes out to Mark’s daughter and the rest of the family and friends. RIP Wakey and Dot, such beautiful people inside and out who will be very sadly missed.”
And Marilyn Anderson said: “A lovely lady and son who always put a smile on your face and had you laughing.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to support the family with £5,000 donated in four days.
A joint funeral will take place on November 27 at 1.30pm and will see the two hearses driven round Stoke including a drive-by of the Commercial Inn.
There will also be a video link to the service.
To support the appeal, click here.