Pulham tragedy: community prepares for funeral of teenager Billy Hines two days after emotional service in memory of Kyle Warren
PUBLISHED: 09:08 27 April 2017 | UPDATED: 09:08 27 April 2017
Friends and family of a popular teenager killed in a devastating road crash with two of his friends are preparing to say a final goodbye at his funeral service.
Billy Hines, of Magpie Green, Wortham, will be laid to rest just two days after the funeral of Kyle Warren, who died with Billy and their friend Dominic O’Neill when the black Ford Ka they were travelling in came off the road and hit a tree in Pulham Market.
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There has been an outpouring of tributes to all three boys since the April 5 crash, with Billy’s father Jason Hines saying: “No-one ever said they didn’t like Billy and he never said he didn’t like anyone.”
One of the greatest demonstrations of people’s affection for the teenagers came when a convoy of cars, lorries and motorbikes travelled from Diss to Great Yarmouth in their memory after meeting at Morrisons car park in Diss.
Billy’s friends had completed a series of adaptations to the black Volkswagen Polo the 16-year-old had planned to learn to drive in.
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Billy’s funeral will be held at Wortham Church today (Thursday, April 27) at 10.30am, followed by a burial.
All are welcome at the church and the wake afterwards at Roydon Rugby Club.
It is casual dress for the service and people are encouraged to wear orange, the colour Billy’s family most associate with him.
It is family flowers only at the event but donations in memory of Billy can be made to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices via Rosedale Funeral Home in Diss.
In a statement shortly after Billy’s death, his family said: “From the day Billy was born he made everybody smile, he was loved by everyone.
“He was a funny, loving, caring, hard working boy and always had a cheeky smile on his face. He brought so much joy to everyone he met and touched so many hearts.
“He was as someone said ‘one in a million’. Billy had many interests including shooting, beating on local shoots, he loved his motorbikes and cars.
“Billy will be forever missed by his mum Mandy, his dad Jason and his big brothers Ryan and Jack and all his family and friends. It is testimony to Billy, Kyle and Dom to all the support we have had as a family.”
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Billy’s main two passions were motocross and clay pigeon shooting.
He was also described as happy and bubbly by his friends, with 22-year-old Daniel Taylor, of Pulham St Mary, saying: “He was well-respected in the community. There weren’t a lot of people who hated him.”
On Tuesday hundreds of people lined the streets of Harleston for Kyle Warren’s funeral as his coffin was brought to St John the Baptist Church on his father’s lorry.
Dominic O’Neill’s funeral will take place on Tuesday, May 2 at 2.30pm at Pulham Market Church.
Everyone is welcome at the church but there will be a private, family-only cremation afterwards.
There will be a casual dress code.