A popular Doncaster teacher who tragically died after an alleged town centre bar assault has been honoured after balloons were released in his memory.
Lewis Siddall was remembered by hundreds of staff members and students at Copley Junior School in Sprotbrough at the touching event.
Many taking part in the tribute on Friday wrote personal messages to Mr Siddall and attached them to the balloons before releasing them into the air.
Headteacher Liz Crayton said: “Our pupils, year seven pupils from secondary school, staff, parents, relatives and governors gathered for a balloon release in memory of Mr Siddall. Children and staff wrote their personal messages on a balloon label and we released 300 balloons – one for everybody in our school community.
“Mr Siddall did so much to promote enjoyment of and participation in sport and we will honour his memory by continuing to promote this in school.”
The school is encouraging people to donate to the Eve Merton Dreams Trust in Mr Siddall’s memory as it was a charity he supported ‘so enthusiastically last year with his involvement in a charity match and fundraising.’
A murder investigation was launched after Mr Siddall, aged 24, was found dead at his home in Skellow on Friday, August 14.
Mr Siddall was allegedly assaulted at the VDKA bar in Silver Street at around 11pm the night before.
A 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and has been released on bail pending further enquiries. Detectives have previously quizzed around 60 people in connection with the death.
They also confirmed that they have been ‘following a number of positive lines of enquiry’ and examining CCTV footage from the bar.
Anyone with information is asked to contact South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident 122 of August 14, 2015.
Call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.