Hundreds at funeral of tragic teen cyclist

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FIVE hundred mourners packed into Hucknall Parish Church this week to celebrate the life of greatly-loved teenager Harrison Carlin.

Harrison (15), of Buckingham Avenue, Hucknall, was tragically killed in a road accident on Sunday July 1.

The Hucknall National Church of England Academy pupil was cycling along Forest Lane, Papplewick on Sunday July 1 when he was in collision with a car.

The service of thanksgiving, which followed the funeral at Mansfield Crematorium, was attended by a large contingent of pupils and staff from the academy.

A welcome and opening prayer was spoken by the academy chaplain, the Rev David Ford, who said: “We are here to celebrate the wonderful life of a wonderful young man.”

He added: “Harrison brought light to our lives. He had an extraordinary enthusiasm and passion for learning and he will be a part of our lives forever.

“The huge turnout for this service speaks for itself of the love so many people felt for Harrison.”

Tributes paid during the service included two songs and a poem by fellow pupils of Harrison at National.

These were followed by an address from Ben Marshall, a teacher at Hillside Primary School, Hucknall, which Harrison formerly attended.

Ben said Harrison was passionate about football. He played for the Hucknall Sports Club and was an ardent supporter of Nottingham Forest.

He also had a ‘love affair’ with music and was an excellent singer. He once had ambitions to appear on the TV programmes, ‘X Factor’ and ‘Pop Idol’.

Harrison leaves his mum, Michelle, and her husband, Jonathan Raynor, his dad, Craig, and his wife, Sharon, and a ten-year-old brother, Pierce.

During the service, Michelle was presented with a book of remembrance signed by pupils and staff at National.

As a moving climax of the service, photos of Harrison with members of his family were shown on three large TV screens to the song, ‘This Is Home’, by Switchfoot.

Coldplay’s ‘Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall’ was played at the end of the funeral service and at the beginning of the thanksgiving service.

Donations were invited for Great Ormond Street Hospital, Cancer Research UK and Hucknall Sports FC.

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