HUNDREDS of grieving relatives and friends of tragic teenager Lewis Eddleston came together last night for a moving memorial for the youngster.
Members of Lewis’s family led the tributes as more than 400 people gathered in Sandall Park to light candles and remember the Hungerhill School pupil whose body was found in a ditch on Wednesday morning.
The 13-year-old drowned after going missing on Sunday after leaving a group of friends on fields near Edenthorpe telling them he needed the toilet.
Dozens of Chinese lanterns drifted silently into the night sky above the family home in nearby Wilberforce Road, Clay Lane while friends and pupils hugged and wept in front of a shrine devoted to the youngster which was dominated by a photo of Lewis along with cards, notes, gifts and hundreds of candles spelling out his name.
Fireworks were also let off to remember the youngster, described by many of those in attendance as “cheeky,” “a lovable rogue” and “always smiling.”
Scores of youngsters as well as mourners of all ages braved the dark and cold to pay their tributes to Lewis, who has three older brothers and an older sister. Many simply stood in silence while others hugged each other for support and shared memories and anecdotes of Lewis, whose body was found in a culvert off Hungerhill Lane, Edenthorpe, less than half a mile away from where he was last seen at 4pm on Sunday.
Many clutched bunches of flowers to place at a temporary shrine, shielded by a seaside windbreak while others penned touching notes and posters to place at the memorial, set up in the corner of one of the park’s football pitches.
One school friend, who declined to be named, said: “I loved him. He was always a laugh to be around and I really miss him. He was a cheeky lad and always seemed to be up to something.”
Investigations into Lewis’s death are continuing.