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Silence for rail line death pupil

Ben Lavender
Staff and students will observe a silence in memory of Ben Lavender

A two-minute silence in memory of a Kent teenager who died on a railway line is being held at his school on the day of his funeral.

Ben Lavender, 17, of Broadstairs, fell onto the live rail at Westgate-on-Sea station as he crossed between platforms on 17 April.

He was studying for five A-levels at Chatham House Grammar School, Ramsgate.

Staff and students at his school, and at nearby Clarendon House Grammar, will observe a silence at 1500 BST.

A number are expected to attend his funeral at Thanet crematorium on Friday.

Just as he offered support for anyone in need, now his friends are supporting Ben's family and each other
Mick Moody

David Smart, executive head teacher at both schools, said: "Many students who knew Ben will attend the funeral and some will contribute to the service in words and in music.

"Wreaths will be sent bearing cards with personal messages."

He said a book of condolence, which was opened in the Chatham House chapel area of the school library, would be given to the teenager's family after the funeral.

Mick Moody, head of sixth form said: "Ben was a kind, fun-loving, intelligent, sensitive young man who touched so many lives in such a positive way.

"Just as he offered support for anyone in need, now his friends are supporting Ben's family and each other. They are repaying his friendship and loyalty in the best way they can."

The school is considering setting up a new languages award to be presented annually, in memory of Ben, who was a linguist.



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