Hartlepool teenager to be remembered in town with football dugout

Rhys Hewitt
Rhys Hewitt

A memorial to a Hartlepool teenager who was tragically killed in a road accident one year ago will be unveiled this weekend.

Much-loved English Martyrs School pupil Rhys Hewitt, 14, died after a collision with a car outside the Stagecoach depot in Brenda Road, on October 15, last year.

The Rhys Oliver Hewitt memorial on Brenda Road in Hartlepool.

The Rhys Oliver Hewitt memorial on Brenda Road in Hartlepool.

On Saturday, an official launch will take place at a new football dugout at the school which has been constructed by local companies to act as a lasting tribute to Rhys.

The event will be attended by Rhys’s family and afterwards friends of the teenager will compete in a football match in memory of their friend.

The construction project has been led by town firm Gus Robinson Developments.

Meanwhile, friends of Rhys have marked the first anniversary of his death by laying flowers at the scene in Brenda Road.

The spot is marked by a white cross. Among the messages left on one of many bunches of flowers said: “I miss you more and more every day, my life just isn’t the same without you there always making me/everyone laugh.”

Rhys, from Seaton Carew, was a big football fan and supported Hartlepool United and Newcastle.

His teammates from Pools Youth FC formed a guard of honour at his funeral, which 800 people attended at St Patrick’s Church.

At an inquest in January, Rhys’s family said they were keen to work with Hartlepool Borough Council to review safety measures on the road.

Police said the car driver who struck Rhys had not been at fault as a bus had obscured both their views.