Unity College year 11 students and staff said their final goodbyes to Declan Edwards at the start of their prom night on Thursday. They let off 183 balloons, one for every student in the year group, including one for Declan whose body was found in woodland at Rowley in May, five days after he had gone missing.
The emotional and fitting farewell was witnessed by hundreds of parents and friends including Declan’s mum Mandy and sister Jess.
The balloons had printed on one side:”Declan Edwards 1997 – 2014” and on the other the motto used by headteacher Mrs Sally Cryer: “Be the best that you can be”
Mrs Cryer said: “We wanted to say our final goodbyes to
Declan who would have been here this evening with his prom partner Alice Butterfield. We wanted to remember him at the start of the evening at college and then let the students move on to their prom at the Fence Gate to celebrate their achievements over the last five years.”
Clarets star Kieran Trippier joined students at their prom and stayed for over an hour chatting to them.