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Farewell Simon

PUBLISHED: 18:50 19 December 2002 | UPDATED: 13:14 03 March 2010

MOURNERS today filled Easton Church to pay their last respects to Simon Wright, the teenage motorist who died after an accident.

Pupils and friends from Thomas Mills High School and Easton Cricket Club were among more than 200 mourners gathered at the church.

MOURNERS today filled Easton Church to pay their last respects to Simon Wright, the teenage motorist who died after an accident.

Pupils and friends from Thomas Mills High School and Easton Cricket Club were among more than 200 mourners gathered at the church. With so many people there, some had to stand outside to say their farewells.

They heard moving diary entries – made by Simon's father Nigel – while his son fought for his life in Addenbrookes Hospital following an accident outside Glevering Hall.

Cricket club colleagues John Rook and Fred Mitchell, took it in turns to read from the diary that chronicled Simon's last eight days.

On one of the days Nigel Wright believed his son, who he described as mischievous and strong willed, winked at him, but on other days he described how the pain his son was suffering from head injuries was unbearable.

He imagined his son saying to him "I love you Dad, but please stop kissing me, I will lose all my street cred."

The final diary entry, which spoke movingly of the family's hope in the future, said simply "today Simon died."

Reverend Graham Vellacott, who first met Simon when he read a lesson at the church when he was 11, called him an industrious and faithful young man.

He said: "He liked to read and he was good at it. Many people in the village knew him because he was friendly and often working away at something, not least delivering the free paper.

"He was a fine player who was always sporting and fair. He excelled at all forms of PE, taught at Thomas Mills and Debenham High School and worked for his living at Somerfield Supermarket.

"He has been fortunate to have three sisters who loved him to bits."

The service included the hymn The Lord Is My Shepherd and All Things Bright and Beautiful.

Simon's coffin was taken from the church to an interment at Easton cemetery to Simon's favourite song, Daniel Bedingfield's 'Gotta Get Through This'.

Simon, from The Street, Easton, died after his Ford Orion hit a tree near Glevering Hall just outside Easton on December 4. Mystery still surrounds the cause of his crash, but today the tree at which the well-loved teenager met his death, was bedecked with floral tributes.

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