Candlelit vigil for teenagers killed in car crash near North Nibley
8:40am Thursday 22nd November 2012 in News By Daniel Chipperfield, senior reporter covering Dursley, Cam, Wotton-under-Edge, Sharpness, Slimbridge, Berkeley, Coaley, Uley, North Nibley, Stinchcombe and Cambridge
A CANDLELIT vigil has been held to remember two popular teenagers who died in a tragic accident last week.
The service was held at St Martin’s Church in North Nibley on Tuesday for Ollie Pain, 18, and Harry Smith, 17, who were killed in a single-vehicle collision in Damery Lane last Tuesday evening, November 13.
The funeral for Ollie Pain, who lived in the village, will be held at the church on Tuesday, November 27, at 12pm.
A spokesman for the church said: "We’re trying to support the family as much as possible in their grief."
Two books have been left at St Martin’s for people to record their memories of the boys and to give their condolences.
One message read: "RIP Ollie and Harry, it’s not fair that you were taken so young. I will always remember you both smiling and having a laugh. Heaven gained two angels. We will always remember you and never forget you. Flo"
Tributes have poured in for the avid young farmers, described by many as "always smiling" and "fun loving", with a Facebook group set up in their memory joined by over 2,600 people.
On the group’s page, Julia Buckley wrote: "God bless you Ollie and Harry. Snatched away so suddenly and so cruelly. RIP."
Flowers and other tributes cover the site of the crash, including a Dursley RFC rugby shirt, which Ollie was a former member of.
Messages left include: "Ollie and Harry, you’re two amazing lads. Shouldn’t have been you. Rest in paradise. Lads will be missed greatly. From Chris and Chad."
The boys were both members of Sodbury Vale Young Farmers’ Club and had been attending a fireworks night held by the club before leaving for home that evening.
The next day, close to 60 members met to remember them at Horton Social Club in Chipping Sodbury, with a tractor parked outside, holding a bucket filled with candles commemorating their lives.
They had been former pupils at Katharine Lady Berkeley's School in Wotton, with Harry, who lived in Lower Wick, leaving in 2012 and Ollie in 2011.
Headteacher Andrew Harris said they had been shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic news of the deaths of two of their former students.
"The school would like to express its profound sympathy to their families at this time of terrible loss," he said.
"The thoughts and feelings of the whole school community are with them."
Sarah Corston, chairman of the school governors at North Nibley Primary School, which Ollie attended, said they had been saddened by the news.
"Our thoughts are with their family and friends at this time," she said.
An inquest into their deaths opened last Friday and was told that both boys died from head injuries.
They were found to be wearing seatbelts and the inquest also heard that an 11pm insurance curfew was on the car.
The inquest has been adjourned until the spring.
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