Doncaster dad’s new baby tribute to tragic teen brother

Lindsay Clarke and Martin Eddleston, pictured with their son, Finley Lewis Eddleston. Picture: Marie Caley D1001MC
Lindsay Clarke and Martin Eddleston, pictured with their son, Finley Lewis Eddleston. Picture: Marie Caley D1001MC

A proud new dad has paid tribute to his little brother who died tragically a year ago – by naming his baby son after him.

Schoolboy Lewis Eddleston died aged 13 in November 2012.

He was discovered dead in a ditch near the Boulevard, Edenthorpe, days after going missing while playing out with friends just a mile from his home.

Police confirmed the cause of death as drowning, and in the wake of his accidental death hundreds of mourners came together to remember Lewis.

The Hungerhill School pupil’s family described him as ‘a shining light and a character with a big heart who always managed to make you smile in any situation’.

His headmaster Graham Wakeling said Lewis was ‘an extremely popular young man with a good sense of humour’.

Now, after a very tough year for the family, Lewis’ older brother Martin, aged 30, has become a dad.

And in tribute to the brother he lost he and his partner Lindsay Clarke, aged 29, have named their newborn Finley Lewis Eddleston.

“We thought this was a nice way of keeping his memory alive,” said Lindsay.

“Martin’s family were over the moon that we decided to give him Lewis as a middle name.

“It’s been a tough year, but everyone has pulled together.”

Martin and Lindsay were thrilled and surprised when their son arrived at 4.56am on New Year’s Day.

Little Finley, who weighed in at 6lb 8oz, is a first child for the couple who live in Danesthorpe Close, Wheatley Hills.

“He is absolutely gorgeous, we are so happy,” said Lindsay.

“He’s a real wriggler, I don’t think it’ll be long before he’s rolling over, he’s really strong.”

Speaking about the delivery Lindsay said: “My due date was January 4 but I had to be induced, it was supposed to be on the Sunday but they couldn’t get me in until Monday.

“We were convinced he was going to be born in 2013 but it made it extra special that he arrived on New Year’s Day.

“It was surreal hearing the fireworks going off for New Year and being in labour.

“They said my labour was a lot better than most, so I dread to think what it’s like for other women!

“I don’t think I’ll be having another one anytime soon!”

Lindsay was supported throughout the birth by partner Martin and her best friend and birthing partner Mandy Smart.

“I couldn’t have done it without them, they were both brilliant,” she said. “I also want to thank the three midwives Sue Bell, Helen Strickland and Louise Whitlam, they were fantastic.”