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'You had a smile that would cheer anyone' TRIBUTES TO STUART, 14, KILLED IN COACH CRASH.


GRIEVING friends of Stuart Dines paid tribute yesterday to the "one in a million" teenager killed in a school holiday coach crash.

Dozens left flowers, messages and cuddly toys at his school. Girls wept and hugged.

A 16-year-old girl said: "Stuart was a great lad and really popular. I just can't believe that he is gone."

One message said: "You are one of the nicest people I have ever known. You had a smile that would cheer anyone."

Stuart, 14, died when a lorry smashed into the coach he was on after it stopped on a motorway hard shoulder near Cologne, Germany, with a puncture in the early hours of Saturday. He was heading to a half-term skiing holiday at Fergen, Austria, with 54 pupils from Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham, Suffolk.

The 70-year-old co-driver of a second coach, taking children from fee paying Norwich School on a skiing trip, was killed when it slammed into the wreckage.

A 50-year-old woman teacher from the school has serious head injuries. Ski instructor Lydia Mitchell, 27, also has head injuries but doctors said she would be "fine".

Five youngsters were treated in hospital but all were released and returned home with both groups early yesterday.

Stuart's parents Jackie and Robert and children Ian, 22, and Rachael, 20, of Woodbridge, said: "He would always make you laugh, whatever the situation. He was a very loyal son and brother, who was extremely caring and will never be forgotten."

Debbie Charles, 36, a student teacher at the school last year, said: "Stuart was a larger than life character with a cheeky personality and fun to have around."

Colin Hirst, headmaster at Thomas Mills, described Stuart as a "lively" sportsman.

He said: "He was a lovely, student. He was just a happy, lively teenager. He enjoyed his time at school and he was well-liked.

"I expect the last contact I had with Stuart was telling him to 'tuck your shirt in'. He responded absolutely appropriately. He had a grin on his face but he was always very courteous and respectful."


CHEEKY: Stuart always smiled' WRECKAGE: Crash scene yesterday. Right, friends leave tributes at school door
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 13, 2006
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