Louis Watkiss: Family pay tribute to 12 year-old son fatally injured at SnowDome Tamworth

Louis Watkiss, aged 12, from Sutton Coldfield, died following a tragic incident at SnowDome in TamworthLouis Watkiss, aged 12, from Sutton Coldfield, died following a tragic incident at SnowDome in Tamworth
Louis Watkiss, aged 12, from Sutton Coldfield, died following a tragic incident at SnowDome in Tamworth | Staffordshire Police

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The family of Louis Watkiss, from Sutton Coldfield, who tragically died at the Snow Dome in Tamworth on 24 September, have paid tribute to him

The family of the much-loved schoolboy who died following after a tragic incident at the SnowDome in Tamworth have paid tribute to him.

Louis’s family said: “Louis was a son, a brother, a grandson, a cousin and a friend. Louis was a studious pupil who enjoyed learning, showing immense curiosity about the world around him.

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In a statement released by Staffordshire Police the family continued: “Reaching grade 5 at Saxophone through the Royal Academy of Music, his involvement in two jazz ensembles demonstrated his passion for music.

“Louis supported Chelsea and England football clubs and followed England Cricket and Birmingham Bears, regularly watching both sports. Along with cheering on AJ and Tyson Fury for their big heavyweight fights.

“We are so thankful George had five happy years with his brother, and he will hold dear the memory of Louis’ stoic personality. We are eternally grateful for the honour of knowing Louis and the pleasure of raising him.

“With Louis’ passing, we remind others that his life is one to be celebrated; although we will miss him every day, especially his winning smile, Louis will remain forever in our hearts.

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“We love Louis very much. Our pride. Our joy. Our love. We miss him so much it hurts.”

Staffordshire Police said their specially-trained officers are supporting Louis’s family.

Louis Watkiss, who died at SnowDome, in Tamworth was a talented saxophone playerLouis Watkiss, who died at SnowDome, in Tamworth was a talented saxophone player
Louis Watkiss, who died at SnowDome, in Tamworth was a talented saxophone player | Staffordshire Police

What is happening at SnowDome Tamworth?

The police force is continuing to investigate the circumstances at SnowDome Tamworth with support from the Health and Safety Executive.

The ski centre cannot resume full operation following orders by the HSE, who issued a notice that means some facilities must stay off limits.

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The order will only be lifted when the HSE is satisfied "risk of collision" management is suitable.

The latest statement on the SnowDome Facebook page says: “The SnowDome (including skiing and snowboarding, ice skating, snow fun activities, climbing and all non-member fitness classes and pool use) is to remain temporarily closed following the tragic death of a child on Friday 24th September. The Directors and staff are deeply shocked by what happened, and our thoughts remain with his family.

“The temporary closure is to allow the authorities to continue their investigation, and we are giving it our full co-operation. We are unable to reopen until their work has been completed, but hope to be able to update you on the position in the very near future.

“If you have a booking affected by the closure, we will be in touch with you shortly.”

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