The Great Flood of 2007: Family’s tribute to teenage victim of tragedy

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NO family suffered more in the Great Flood of 2007 than that of schoolboy Ryan Parry.

The 14-year-old, of Moorland Road, Gleadless, died after being swept into the River Sheaf when it burst its banks at Millhouses Park. He had been walking home from King Ecgberts School, in Dore.

Today, dad Chris says the family – himself, mum Mandy, son Danny and daughter Abby – is too devastated to talk.

But they paid a heartfelt tribute to their fun-loving son in the aftermath.

“He was larger than life,” said Chris, 47. “He was so lovable. He would go up to people on the street and hug them – that was Ryan.”

Widower Peter Harding was the flood’s second victim. The 68-year-old, of Carwood Green, Pitsmoor, was walking home when he got into trouble in Newhall Road, Newhall. Three passers-by could not save him as he battled the cold water and he died of a heart attack.