Poignant memorial marks first anniversary of Saddleworth schoolboy’s death

BRIGHTLY COLOURED balloons floated away into the grey skies as pupils gathered at Saddleworth School to mark the anniversary of Tyrese Glasgow’s death.

Tyrese Glasgow

The 12-year-old died on June 15, 2016 from asphyxiation after placing a tie round his neck, an inquest at Stockport was told last month.

Coroner Miss Anna Morris recorded a narrative conclusion into the death of the popular boy, with the medical cause of death acute asphyxiation by a neck ligature.

Hundreds attended his funeral in Oldham after a solemn procession along Uppermill High Street, which saw Saddleworth School pupils line both sides of the road.

Exactly a year on his former classmates came together to pay their respects and remember Tyrese, as they released 295 blue and purple balloons with personal messages attached.

They gathered on the school’s astro-turf, along with staff and around 30 of Tyrese’s family and friends, for the special ceremony.

Pupils, staff, family and friends gathered to release balloons

Mrs Blezard-Downs, the head of year who organised the event with the family, said: “We come together to think of Tyrese one year since he died.

“Think of the memories which we each have of him and send a little wish for him up to Heaven. Remember him for the lovely and fun-loving boy that he was.”

Half an hour later the rest of the school let off their own balloons and messages in tribute.

Mrs Blezard-Downs said: “We wanted to do something to mark one year of Tyrese’s passing. He was part of our year group so want to keep his memory alive

“We will also be giving an award at presentation evenings which will be named after him.”

Tyrese’s dad and family will be making a donation to the year and will pick a memorial or project from ideas suggested by the year 8 pupils.

A family fun day was also held at Saddleworth Rangers rugby club in Greenfield in memory of Tyrese.

There was a BBQ, fire engine, stalls, games, auction, and live music from X Factor contestant Christian Burrows, with funds to be donated to Healthy Young Minds and the Manchester Victims Fund.

A woodland memorial to Tyrese has also been created by his young family and friends at Dovestone Reservoir, Greenfield.

 

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