HUNDREDS of Chinese lanterns will light up the winter skies over Mexborough next week to mark the one year anniversary since three teenagers were killed in a road crash.
The symbolic lanterns will be released into the air by family members at about 7.30pm on Tuesday, December 27 - exactly a year since the crash which claimed the lives of Jonathan Scott, Robert Tepper and Lauren Birkett.
Hundreds of their friends, including sole crash survivor Chloe Newby, are expected to converge on Mexborough School playing fields for the emotionally charged event.
Lauren’s dad Andy told the times: “This has been an absolutely terrible year for everyone involved, and we couldn’t have got through it without the support of our family and friends.
“Events like this help to bring everyone together and it helps to keep Lauren’s memory alive and that of her friends, which is all we want to do.”
Families and friends held a similar event last year just days after the crash.
Mexborough School held a special memorial service last week in honour of Lauren, Robert and Jonathan.
A memorial water feature was also unveiled in their honour.
The three victims’ families have now written a statement, thanking the school.
They said: “Thanks to all staff, pupils and ex-pupils of Mexborough School for the touching memorial service for Lauren, Bobby and Jono on December 12, also for the beautiful water feature that the school have donated in memory of them, the water feature will be situated in the school library and will keep their memories alive for years to come which means everything to us.
“The support we have had from staff and pupils since the tragedy has been magnificent and has helped us ease our pain.”
Lauren, 16, Robert and Jonathan, both 17, died when the Vauxhall Corsa they were travelling in ploughed head-on into a VW Golf on Adwick Road. Chloe Newby survived with muliple injuries.
An 18-year-old man has been charged with dangerous driving in connection with the crash.
He is due to appear in court once the inquest has been concluded, which is expected to be in January or February.