Pulham tragedy: Hundreds expected to pay their respects at funeral of Kyle Warren
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The coffin of a popular teenager who died in a road crash with two of his friends will arrive on a lorry ahead of an emotional funeral service tomorrow.
A convoy of seven lorries will arrive at St John the Baptist Church in Harleston for the funeral of Kyle Warren at 11.15am.
The 17-year-old, of Redenhall Road, Harleston, died with his friends Billy Hines and Dominic O'Neill when the black Ford Ka they were travelling in came off the road and hit a tree in Pulham Market on Wednesday, April 5.
Since then there has been an outpouring of tributes for the former Archbishop Sancroft High School student, with hundreds leaving tributes on social media and many attending various events in honour of the three teenagers.
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Hundreds are expected to be present at tomorrow's event, with a sound system set up so people unable to fit inside the church can hear the proceedings outdoors.
Kyle will arrive on a lorry from his father Daniel Warren's haulage firm, as when he was a child Kyle used to help his dad prepare for truck shows.
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Kyle's mother Helen Orford said: 'Everyone is just asking whether they can go. There are so many people who want to go and pay their respects, even people I haven't heard of.
'It's nice to know he was well-loved and thought of - everyone has got nice things to say about him. It is all a bit overwhelming.'
The service will be followed by a private cremation, with a wake held at the Red Lion in Needham from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. Everyone is welcome at the wake.
Car enthusiast Kyle, who leaves behind three brothers and three sisters, was born in Norwich and spent most of his life living in South Norfolk.
After leaving school he worked at various places, such as for a removals firm, tree surgeon and a window cleaner. During his teenage years he competed in banger racing events in King's Lynn.
Most recently he worked on Whitehouse Farm in Wortham, run by his grandfather - who described him as his 'right-hand man' on the farm.
But Kyle was perhaps best known for his cheeky smile and kind nature.
'He wasn't your typical teenage boy,' Mrs Orford said.
'Everyone loved him. He was always very popular. He never got into trouble - he was more the funny clown and the peacemaker than the troublemaker.
'He would go with the flow to keep everyone happy. He didn't like to upset anyone - he was very caring and generous. He was really grown-up and a lot of people looked up to him. He'd do anything for anyone.'