HUNDREDS of people are expected at a memorial service for a teenager who was killed when he was hit by a train.
Harry Drain, 18, of Tinwell was crossing the railway line in Easton-on-the-Hill when he was hit by a freight train on Tuesday last week.
News of his death has devastated everyone who knew the popular teenager, who had just completed his A-levels at Stamford School.
This week, his family paid tribute to him.
In a statement issued through the British Transport Police, his family said: “Harry was a happy, hard working and fun loving boy who will be missed by all who knew him.”
Harry’s family will hold a private cremation on Friday morning next week.
At 2pm that day, there will be a memorial service, open for anyone to attend, in the Stamford School chapel in St Paul’s Street.
Afterwards, Harry’s family invites mourners to a reception in the Stamford School hall.
Principal of Stamford Endowed Schools Stephen Roberts said: “The family hope as many people as possible attend the memorial service to remember Harry.
“The whole school is in shock and his friends are still trying to come to terms with this.
“We have seen a lot of young people and adults using the chapel as a place to reflect to try to come to terms with his loss.”
There is a book of condolence in the chapel where pupils and staff have been recording their memories of Harry.
The school, which is hosting the England Masters Cricket Match today, will hold a minute’s silence before the game at 2pm.
Mr Roberts said that Harry was a keen sportsman, having played rugby in the 2nd XV.
He said: “We want to make it known on this public occasion that Harry is greatly missed and pay tribute to him.”
More tributes have been sent to the Mercury this week.
Chrissy Campbell said: “Harry was one of the friendliest guys you could hope to meet, and I have never heard anyone say a bad word against him.
“Such a tragic loss, my thoughts are with his brothers, family and close friends; this all seems like a horrible dream. Rest In Peace.”
It is believed Harry may have been listening to music while jogging and didn’t hear the train approaching. A British Transport Police spokesman said: “At this stage, it appears to have been a tragic accident and our thoughts remain with Harry’s family and friends at this very difficult and sad time.”
No date has been set for the inquest.