Hundreds gather for the funeral of Watton motorcyclist Tom Forman, 18

There were tears and laughter when more than 400 family and friends gathered to say a final farewell to popular Watton teenager Tom Forman.

Mourners spilled out onto the grass and listened to the touching service on large speakers when the Wells Cole Community Centre, in Saham Toney, quickly filled to capacity yesterday afternoon (Wednesday).

The 18-year-old, remembered for his wicked sense of humour, was killed in a motorcycle crash on the A1075 in Ovington, between Watton and Shipdham, on July 8.

Thousands of tributes have been left for Tom online and his many friends made the funeral unique with carefully chosen music, videos and songs performed in his memory.

In a moving eulogy, his father Richard said Tom had been a colleague, football team mate and friend as well as a 'caring, sensitive and funny' son.


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'This is something I never dreamed I would have to do and it is undoubtedly every parent's worst nightmare,' he said. 'It seems like only yesterday Tom came into this world.'

Tom attended Watton Junior School and Wayland High School before transferring to Northgate High School in Dereham in Year 9.

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He achieved excellent GCSE results and spent a short time at Norwich City College before starting work at his father's business, PJ Camping, in Norwich.

'I remember watching him and seeing how good he was with customers and it made me proud all over again,' Mr Forman added. 'There will be forever a massive void in my life. Thank you Tom for being my son.'

Tom's mother Lynn said he had been 'like a puppy,' full of mischief and love and always entertaining to live with.

'He was not only my son, but my rock,' she said. 'Tom asked me every day if I'd had a good day and asked if I was OK. Often it seemed our roles were reversed.

'No matter how cross I got with him, Tom would always get around me. He would say 'love you mum' or 'give us a cuddle.' He gave me the best 18 years of my life and I love and thank him for that.

'I would like to send my love and thanks to everyone here today. You contributed to the person he was and you should be very proud of yourselves.'

The coffin arrived to Wonderwall by Oasis and poems were read during the service, including Death is Nothing at All by Henry Scott Holland.

Musical tributes included A-Team by Ed Shearan, sung by friend Lisa Anthony, and One in a Million by Matt Currie. Candles were lit in Tom's memory before his coffin left to Glad You Came by The Wanted.

Tom's 13-year-old sister, Ellie, remembered him as the most popular person she knew.

'You were so funny,' she said. 'I have to say the house is not really a home without you.'

His uncle, John Harvey, said: 'To know Tom was to love Tom, to meet Tom was to like Tom and to spend time with Tom was to laugh. That's what he was like.

'The next time I see Tom I will tell him off for making me love him so much and for making me miss him so much.'

Tom also leaves a younger brother Miles, 15, two step-brothers and a step-sister.

An inquest opened into Tom's death heard that the crash could have been caused by a deer straying into the road.

The inquest was adjourned pending the outcome of a police investigation.

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