Pupils pay tribute to Hopton teen

SCHOOLFRIENDS turned out in force to bid farewell to teenager Emily Knipe, who was tragically killed in a car crash in December.Pupils from Emily's school, Oriel Specialist Maths and Computing College in Gorleston, lined the streets to pay tribute to the 15-year-old as her horse and cart funeral cortege made its way to Gorleston Crematorium for her funeral service.

SCHOOLFRIENDS turned out in force to bid farewell to teenager Emily Knipe, who was tragically killed in a car crash in December.

Pupils from Emily's school, Oriel Specialist Maths and Computing College in Gorleston, lined the streets to pay tribute to the 15-year-old as her horse and cart funeral cortege made its way to Gorleston Crematorium for her funeral service.

During the service, two friends of the Year 11 pupil described her as “like a sister who never let us down no matter what” and spoke of their sorrow that the keen Manchester United fan had been taken from them so early in life.

The hymn “All Things Bright and Beautiful” was also sung during the hour-and-a-quarter long service on February 27 and some of Emily's favourite pop songs were played including “Miss Independent” by Ne-Yo, “Hero” by Mariah Carey and “Run” by Leona Lewis.


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Emily's mother Susan Knipe said: “It was very moving to see such a large turnout and a lot of people said how lovely it was. It has helped us to cope with her loss.”

The sporty teenager, from Hopton, died after the Vauxhall Corsa van in which she was a passenger left Beccles Road at Fritton and struck a tree in December.

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