Video: Tribute song for Watton teenager Tom Forman
PUBLISHED: 08:28 14 July 2011 | UPDATED: 09:11 22 July 2011
Tributes continue to flow for popular 18-year-old Tom Forman, who was killed in a motorcycle accident.
A memorial page for the Watton teenager has drawn more than 1,270 supporters on the social networking site Facebook.
Meanwhile, friends and family are also planning a host of charity events in his honour, and a video tribute has also been posted online, which features a poignant montage of photographs and a cove the former Watton Wayland High School and Dereham Northgate High School pupil er version of Ed Sheeran’s song, “The A Team”, sung by one of Tom’s friends.
His uncle, John Harvey, said: “He was such a popular boy. I don’t think we realised just how popular he was. Being a teenager, there is always part of their lives that you’re not aware of, but seeing this reaction has been an enormous help to us.”
More than 250 of his friends and family gathered on Tuesday night at the crash site – which has now become known as “Tom’s Hill” – to release lanterns in his memory.
Mr Harvey said the strong winds gave the event a comic and chaotic feel which his nephew would have loved.
“It turned into a real fun event, but it was still spectacular,” he said. “Some lanterns were going up, but some were bumping into people. It was a typical Tom affair. We all said he would have been up there having a great laugh about it.
“Tom was the funniest person I have ever met, so this event was really fitting and I know he would have enjoyed it. It was nice that people could laugh and release all those other emotions.”
Many messages about the evening were posted on Facebook.
One said: “Mate... it was ridiculous. Lanterns going everywhere with a fat ole flame on them smashing into everyone. People running round like mad men trying to catch them. It was brilliant. Hope you were laughing up there mate, as we all were! xx”
Another friend posted: “We lit a candle for your last night Tom your light will always shine you were such a lovely lad sleep tight.”
Among the other messages were: “To all you young people of Watton, Dereham and surrounding areas out there remembering your friend Tom tonight, either at the lanterns event or quietly on your own, well done. What a wonderful tribute from a remarkable community of young people putting aside your own problems and differences just to make something wonderful happen.”
A coroner said the crash, which happened on the A1075 in Ovington, between Watton and Shipdham, on July 8, appeared to have been caused by a deer straying into the road.
While opening an inquest in Norwich yesterday, Norfolk coroner William Armstrong said that Tom had been travelling towards Shipdham.
He said: “It appears that he collided with a deer. He fell from his machine and was then hit by an oncoming vehicle.”
The cause of death was given as multiple injuries due to a road traffic collision. The inquest was adjourned pending the outcome of a police investigation.
Tom’s funeral will be held at Wells Cole Community Centre, in Saham Toney, at 2pm on Wednesday, July 27. His family has asked that donations be made to Cancer Research UK, in lieu of flowers.