Lanterns light up the night sky in moving tribute to tragic Doncaster teens

Members of the public let off lanterns at a candle lit vigil on town fields in memory of five teenagers who lost thier life in Conisbrough. Picture: Andrew Roe
Members of the public let off lanterns at a candle lit vigil on town fields in memory of five teenagers who lost thier life in Conisbrough. Picture: Andrew Roe

Chinese lanterns filled the sky last night as hundreds of mourners gathered to remember five South Yorkshire teens who lost their lives in a horrific car crash.

Around 600 friends, family members and well wishers turned out for a moving vigil in Town Fields in memory of the tragic teenagers.

Many lit candles and released Chinese lanterns and balloons in to the air to pay their respects and remember the lives of Bartosz Bortniczak, 18, Blake Cairns, 16, Arpad Kore, 18, Jordanna Goodwin, 16, and Megan Storey, 16.

Amy Watson was among the mourners at the vigil, and says she attended to ‘celebrate the lives’ of the five teenagers.

They were shining lights of the school

“They’d be really proud to know this many people cared about them,” said Amy, aged 18.

She added: “I knew they were popular, I mean everybody knew them, but I didn’t think that this many people would come.

“I’ve come tonight because I wanted to celebrate their lives, to show them how much everyone loved them and to say that we will see them again.

“Everyone has been devastated by what’s happened, and it’s something that’s going to affect people for a long time.

“You can see that with how many people have come tonight.”

18-year-old Chantelle Porter, who also attended the vigil, said she thought the lantern release was a ‘beautiful’ way to remember the teenagers.

“Seeing all of the lanterns being lit up like this for all them is amazing,” said Chantelle.

Chantelle and Amy are both former pupils of Danum Academy, and left at the same time as Bartosz, who they described as a ‘joker’ and a nice guy that knew how to make everybody laugh.

“They were a gang of friends that were popular with everybody,” continued Chantelle.

“They the sweetest and kindest people you could meet. I can’t believe they’ve gone.”

The vigil was organised through a memorial Facebook group entitled R.I.P

Arpad,Blake,Bartek,Jordanna and Megan, which has attracted almost 30,000 followers in just two days.

Posting from the vigil, Reka Kallai, said: “R.I.P angels! Shine like a diamond up in the sky!”

The family of Megan Storey have paid tribute to their ‘beautiful’ daughter.

Her heartbroken family said in a statement: “We have lost our beautiful Megan. Please respect our family’s privacy at this tragic time.”

Doncaster racecourse opened their car park the end of Town Moor Avenue to accommodate people attending the vigil.

The Racecourse said in a statement: “We would like to extend our condolences to the friends and family of everyone involved.”

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They were shining lights of the school