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Village's tears.

Byline: By Jamie Diffley

A memorial service is held this weekend for a boy killed in a barn fire.

Jonathan Mahoney and his pal David Greenyer, both 14, died in the fire at Buckton Farm, Belford, in Northumberland, on November 19.

The deaths stunned the local community with villagers flocking to St Mary's Church to sign books of condolences.

A space was also set aside in the church for flowers and to light candles in their memories.

On Sunday the first of two special services will be held to celebrate the tragic teenagers' lives.

This weekend friends and family of Jonathan will gather at the village church to remember him.

Jonathan was a member of the local Army Cadets, whose members will be there on Sunday, acting as ushers.

Jonathan lived with his older brother Ryan, father Michael and stepmother Angela, in the village but came from Wales, where his mum Ann still lives.

Stephen Quinlan, head of Berwick High School will do a reading at the service in Welsh. Pupils and staff will also be there.

Canon Adrian Hughes will officiate and said it will be a sad but celebratory affair. He said: "The village responded really well to the books of condolences and the flowers, especially, it must be said, the youngsters. Because of the circumstances of the boys' deaths there may be a little while before there is a possibility of a funeral.

"With the service on Sunday, we wanted to help the families and indeed the wider community. We wanted to begin the process of moving on."

Villagers were plunged into mourning by the deaths of the popular teenagers. Canon Hughes said that mood is only just lifting. He added: "There is still a cloud over the whole village but slowly everyone is moving on.

"The two services for the boys will be very different and we want to include features of their lives."

A memorial service for David will be held the following week.

Jonathan's service will start at 2pm.

Northumbria Police are still trying to determine what sparked the fierce blaze and are keen to trace the boys' whereabouts on the Saturday they died.

Anyone with information should contact 01661 872 5555.
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