By Gemma Griffin
On the 9th July 2009 during Day Four of Children of Earth we said a sad, teary and emotional farewell to Torchwood’s beloved tea boy Ianto Jones. In the following weeks fans reacted in many ways one of the most poignant and lasting ways was to create a shrine at the fictional Tourist Information Office/Torchwood entrance on the waterfront of the Mermaid Quay. It has been recognised by the Mermaid Quay shown by a plaque they have put up, as an important place for fans to gather, it is also included in the new walking tour from the Doctor Who Experience.
There is also a suit jacket and tie, there are coffee cups, personal messages and a set of pictures I describe as Ianto's adventures, but many of the tributes include Owen, Tosh, Suzie and Myfanwy.
It is a humbling place and one I have visited many times. As the time passes the tributes fade, we replaced ours today and reattached some that had come loose. I hope other fans will do the same to keep not only the memory of Ianto alive but also the spirit of Torchwood.