Mass turn-out for funeral of tragic student

FAMILY and friends turned out in force for the funeral of a young Wombwell student whose cause of death is still a mystery.

Twenty-one year old Steven Tommie Dannett was found dead by his mother, in the bathroom of his Sokell Avenue home, on November 15.

His distraught parents, Jill Jackson and Steven Dannatt of Wynmoor Crescent, Brampton, said they had drawn comfort from the huge number of mourners who attended the Ardsley service last Friday morning, November 25.

Among them were many of his former student pals from Dearne Valley College, where Steven was studying sports leadership, former friends from Wath Comprehensive School, and colleagues from Ventura call centre, where Steven had worked.

Some were left standing outside for the emotional service that included the songs ‘You Came’ by Kim Wilde, and the ‘Three Lions’ anthem, in recognition of Manchester United fan Steven’s lifelong passion for football.

Family flowers included arrangements with the word ‘son’ and another in the shape of a football. Donations of well over £150 will go to a sports charity for the disabled.

“We want to thank everyone who came. The amount of people there was overwhelming”, said Mr Dannett.

A wake at the Prince of Wales pub at Wombwell followed the service, and on Monday this week, Steven’s parents and his step-brother Jamie buried his ashes at Wombwell Cemtery.

Mr Dannett said after the service that the family was still “no nearer to knowing what caused Steven’s death”.

The police had taken the young man’s computer as part of their investigation but, said his father: “Nothing more has come to light about what happened....the police haven’t come back to us....no-one has”.

Just after the tragedy that the family described as a “bolt from the blue”, Steven’s mum Jill had told how her son seemed his “usual self” on November 14, then the next day she returned home from work to discover his lifeless body. An inquest opened and was adjourned last week.