A TEENAGER who died when he was hit by a train was described as a “role model” at a memorial service today (Friday).
Scores of mourners packed the Stamford School chapel and the surrounding grounds at the service for Harry Drain this afternoon.
Harry, 18, from Tinwell was crossing the railway line in Easton-on-the-Hill on July 17 when he was hit by a freight train. Paramedics rushed to help but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
At the service, his brother George read out a tearful tribute on behalf of his mother Barbara, father Mark and brother James.
He said: “Harry’s loss has delivered a sombre blow to all our hearts. There are so many things we will miss about him.
“Our family grief is huge, it is hard to bear at the moment. But we are thankful for the 18 years we had with him.
“He will continue to be a source of laughter to us when times are hard. We will find a way to laugh and smile again because that is what he did and what he would want.
“He was our son, our brother and a role model to us all, but above all he was our friend.”
Three of Harry’s former Stamford School friends, Pat Hynes, Harry Treanor and Guy Sinker, made a moving speech filled with references to Harry’s love of music and humour.
They said: “Thank you for being a true best friend for so many.
“To have been close to him was an honour many were given.
“His love for music was huge and his neighbours were never fully relaxed when he was home.
“He was a model pupil and truly was one of our best and brightest. He was always the gentlemen around adults and the ladies.
“He could make friends with anyone. We all idolised Harry, not just academically but because he attracted almost every girl from the high school at some point over the last seven years.
“Everyone he met had the first impression of a true gentleman.
“The reason we feel so sad is not just due to the circumstances in which he died but because of how he lived.
“We are lucky that we could have this time with him. He was a role model to all of us.”
Harry’s sixthform tutor Dr Annabelle Holland also paid tribute. She said: “Harry was one of the nicest boys you could hope to meet. He was the epitome of the best sort of Stamford Schoolboy.
“He appeared rather laid back but underneath he was a very hard worker and extremely ambitious.
“Business studies was his love and his ambition was to study this at university.
“He was a great sportsman and loved his rugby.
“He made me realise that appearances can be deceptive. His hair was always slightly bordering on too long and he gave a laid back impression.
“But his notes were impeccable, a complete contrast to his appearance.
“He was a model sixthform pupil. He was such a genuine, open character. It was a great privilege to have known him.”
The service opened with an introduction from Stamford School chaplain, the Rev Mark Goodman, and there were also readings called The Unfinished and You Can Shed Tears.
Harry’s love of music was reflected at the end of the service, as his family left the chapel to the sound of Waterfall by The Stone Roses, and Away With Me by Spectrasoul.