Memorial football match to be held in memory of teenagers who died in Pulham Market tragedy
- Credit: WARREN, O'NEILL AND HINES FAMILIES
Friends and family of three popular teenagers killed in a tragic road accident are to gather for a football match in their memory.
Kyle Warren, Billy Hines and Dominic O'Neill died when the car they were travelling in came off the road and hit a tree in Tivetshall Road, Pulham Market on April 5.
MORE: 'Honest, open, kind-hearted and generous' - tributes paid to Dominic O'NeillMORE: 'Such a beautiful soul' - tributes to Billy HinesMORE: 'Caring and generous' - mum's tribute to Kyle WarrenTheir deaths shocked the community and led to an outpouring of heartfelt tributes, with hundreds of people staging an emotional road run and a lantern parade in their memories.
MORE: Young people praised for their 'amazing' support to the families of Pulham tragedy teenagersNow ASHS has joined forces with Hartismere High School, where Billy was a student, to hold a football match between the two schools in the teenagers' memories.
It is expected to be attended by friends and relatives of the three, with ASHS headteacher Richard Cranmer and Hartismere headmaster Jim McAtear saying some words of tribute at the start, along with the Rev Nigel Tuffnell from Harleston.
ASHS deputy headteacher Rob Connelly said: 'It's something ourselves and Hartismere discussed prior to the end of the summer term.
'We felt it was a way the two schools could come together and treat it as an opportunity to bring all the families and community together, as well as all of the friends who only really had to spend time together as a group at the funeral.
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'We want to use it as an opportunity to celebrate the lives of the three boys in a way they would've wanted, because they all had a passion for football and the groups of friends linked to the boys are very keen footballers.'
Billy Hines played up until the age of 16, after first joining the under-eights squad at Diss Town Football Club - where tomorrow's (Thursday, September 28) match will be played.
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Mr Connelly said the tragedy had continued to have a profound effect on the ASHS community in the weeks and months after the event.
'It's something we've discussed in whole school assembly in September in terms of how the community does refer to our school as the Archbishop Sancroft family,' he said.
'Every single person contributes to that.
'We drew strength from the way the members of our community responded in April. We responded in the only way we saw we could, which was a humane way.
'It reinforced to us that we have an incredible community - and that's been reflected by the way in which people have conducted themselves in response.'
MORE: Archbishop Sancroft High School in Harleston share memories of Dominic O'Neill, Kyle Warren and Billy HinesAsked what he though the boys would make of the match, Mr Connelly said: 'We hope what they will see is the real impact of the strength of the friendships they had.
'Those friendships are still there it seems - and people a proud to feel they were part of that group.
'We hope they'll be watching with interest - we know what they're like in a competition!'
The game will kick off at 6.45pm, with money raised going to charities chosen by the parents.
Rather than a minute's silence, there will be a minute's applause in the trio's memory.
Entry to the match is free, although students leaders from the schools will be collecting donations on the night.
Mr Connelly thanked Diss Town Football Club for supporting the event by giving the schools use of the pitch and said: 'We want to get as many people there as possible.'