Memorial service for teenagers

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AN EMOTIONAL memorial service was held to mark the first anniversary of the deaths of three South Yorkshire teenagers.

Members of the community joined students and staff at Mexborough School Specialist Science College to pay tribute to Lauren Birkett, Robert Tepper and Jonathan Scott, who lost their lives in a road accident last December.

Robert and Jonathan, both aged 17, and Lauren aged 16, were in a car on Adwick Road, Mexborough, at 8pm last December 27 when it collided head-on with another car near the junction with Crow Tree Lane.

Jonathan, of Park Road, Conisbrough, and Robert, of Harlington Road, Mexborough, died at the scene. Lauren died in hospital later the same night.

The only survivor of the car crash was Robert’s 16-year-old girlfriend, Chloe Newby.

School headteacher, Mirjam Bühler-Willey, opened the service and spoke of three “truly special people” whose “blossoming lives were taken so abruptly and prematurely”.

She said: “We are richer for having shared time with Lauren, Bobby and Jonathan.

“Our lives have a sparkle because of Lauren, the star, the princess, who loved to be the centre of attention and at the same time made sure your feet remained on the ground, who told you straight what she was thinking, whether you liked it or not.

“Bobby and Jonathan both had an enormous enthusiasm for life. Bobby was always smiling, enjoyed being with his friends and enjoyed a joke. Jonathan is remembered in a very similar way. He was part of the same friendship group, which appeared to be an ever growing one!”

“We want to be thankful for the enrichment they gave to us, thankful for the years we had together and remember them as truly special people.”

Year 9 student Simone Webb sang a rendition of Adele’s Make You Feel My Love before the Rev Nick Lugg offered readings and prayers of dedication.

Past and present pupils have raised £200 for a memorial water feature in the school’s Ted Hughes Library .

Mr Lugg said: “This memorial is going to be placed in the school library as a quiet and dignified reminder of the place these three young people had, not just in the families that loved them so much, but in their town and community.”