Balloon release to remember teenager killed in crash in Northumberland

Tonight's balloon release to remember Ricky Tynemouth Harris

Tonight's balloon release to remember Ricky Tynemouth Harris

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Green balloons filled the sky tonight to remember a teenager killed in a tragic accident in Northumberland.

Though Ricky Tynemouth Harris, 17, lived with his mum and stepdad in Guidepost, he was a regular visitor to the home of dad Richard and stepmum Patricia in Hartlepool's Bruce Crescent.

Ricky Tynemouth Harris with stepmum Patricia Rudd.

Ricky Tynemouth Harris with stepmum Patricia Rudd.

He died when the Vauxhall Corsa in which he was a passenger left the A196 near South Farm, Choppington, at about 7.30pm on Wednesday.

Dozens turned up at the Headland tonight, in Hartlepool, to release balloons to remember the popular teenager.

Patricia said the location had been chosen because of Ricky's love for the town's carnival.

"We chose the Headland because the Carnival was Ricky's favourite time of the year," she said.

Ricky Tynemouth Harris with dad Richard.

Ricky Tynemouth Harris with dad Richard.

"He used to meet all the girls there - he had a different girlfriend for every day of the week."

She added: "We never expected this many people to turn up, it just goes to show how popular he was. Tonight has been really hard, but we wanted to do something for him.

"Ricky's family are all devastated - Richard's brothers, Lee Bryson and Clint Bryson and all our friends have been very supportive to us all.

"Lee and his son Lee Jnr came with me and Richard to visit the scene of the accident and we were left blown over by the amount of flowers candles and messages left there."

Before the balloon release, his family paid their tributes, describing him as a wonderful and popular lad.