Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 11°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Gallery: Hundreds turn out at the funeral of Macauley Clements, 16, from Ixworth

11:06 15 February 2013

Macauley and his granddad Gordon Ryder on the family holiday in Turkey last year.

Macauley and his granddad Gordon Ryder on the family holiday in Turkey last year.

HUNDREDS of mourners gathered to remember the life of a teenager who died following a car crash on the A14.

shares

Macauley Clements, 16, of Carpenter Close, Ixworth, died in hospital on January 25 – the day after he was involved in the collision at Bury St Edmunds.

He had been a passenger in a BMW driven by his friend Adam Weller, 19, who had grown up in Ixworth and died at the scene of the crash.

Macauley, who been a member of the Ixworth Army Cadet Force, had been due to go to Pirbright last week for selection and aspired to join the Coldstream Guards. The former Thurston Community College student was also passionate about riding his BMX bike and his Aprilia motorbike.

He loved sport and supported Leeds United Football Club.

The Reverend Jill Walker, who led yesterday’s funeral service at St Mary’s Church, Ixworth, said the fact that so many people attended “speaks volumes” about the love and affection everyone had for him.

She said Macauley, who had attended Ixworth Primary School and Ixworth Middle School, was “very popular, very loyal to all his friends – he always put others first.”

She read out tributes from his mother Maxine and father Anton, brothers Jordan and Aaron, and grandfather Gordon Ryder.

Maxine and Anton said of Macauley in their tribute: “We are so proud of you and everything you did, especially wanting to join the Army.

“We know you would have made an amazing soldier and would have been a credit to your regiment.”

shares

0 comments

Web fire

A primary school has been forced not to open this morning for the first day of term after a blaze broke out in the early hours of this morning.

More than 5,000 smokers in Essex have quit in the last year

The number of people to quit smoking in Essex in the last year is the second highest in the country, new government data has revealed.

Allison Heathcote and son James Heathcote at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, where she was treated after being shot five times in the Tunisia terror attacks.

A Felixstowe woman who was fighting for her life after the Tunisia beach attack in which her husband was killed has said she can only “vaguely recall” the massacre.

Cars for sale at the roadside

Trading Standards experts have revealed the top 10 most frequent consumer complaints.

Police called to a collision between a car and motorcycle.

A 22-year-old motorcyclist was taken to hospital after colliding with a car on the A12 at Melton.

Mars

A physicist who worked on a high-resolution camera that sent images back from Mars has turned his hand to writing.

East of England Ambulance Trust attended the scene.

A man was treated for minor injuries after two cars collided just prior to the Barnby Bends in Beccles.

Colchester General Hospital

A woman believed to be in her 70s was taken to hospital following a collision in Essex.

From left to right: Moira Ely, Leah Fuller and Colin Ely presenting the cheque for £2,000 to St Elizabeth Hospice after Colin's bungee jump in July

An Ipswich landlady has vowed to follow in the footsteps of her extraordinary dad – and tackle a charity bungee jump for St Elizabeth Hospice.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages