Birthday vigil planned for Gracie Spinks

It’s been four months since the tragic death of Gracie Spinks, whose body was found in a field near Duckmanton back in June, now her family and friends are to hold a vigil to mark what would’ve been her birthday.

Miss Spinks had travelled to the field on Staveley Road to tend to her horse when she was attacked and died a short time later.

Heartbroken friends and family of the 23-year old, who lived in Chesterfield, are to hold a vigil for her on the day she would’ve turned 24.

The emotional tribute to Miss Spinks is due to take place on Tuesday, October 19, at Saint Bartholomews Church in Old Whittington, Chesterfield.

In a post on the Gracie’s Law Facebook page they’ve called for anyone who wishes to attend to do so from 6.30pm: “Please bring your own candles maybe in jars or similar, night light candles will be on hand also but need to be put into a lantern they will all be lit at the same time from the church candle by vicar Jo.

“Please take your candles home with you so the light may continue there in your homes.

“Flowers can be brought put into pots on the day or on the night.

“Please wear suitable footwear and warm clothing possibly umbrellas.

“There will be some outside lighting kindly use the pathway to the left of the Croft to Access the churchyard by the lower bottom entrance near Gracie‚Äôs graveside.”

The church was also the venue for Miss Spinks’ funeral in July when hundreds of people, many friends and family of Miss Spinks, stood by the roadside to pay their respects.

Miss Spinks’ horse Paddy led the procession up to Saint Bartholomews Church with many of those in attendance following the families wishes in wearing purple, Miss Spinks’ favourite colour.

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An inquest into her death was opened soon after her body had been found and was told she’d died as a result of a fatal knife wound to the neck.

Police said a man was seen running from the field, close to Tom Lane, on the morning of the attack with officers finding the body of Michael Sellers close by a short time later.

Derbyshire police referred themselves to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) following Miss Spinks’ death with the IOPC launching an investigation into the contact officers had with Miss Spinks prior to her death.

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