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Friends' tributes to drowned boy
John Simmons
John was a pupil at Cowley Language College in St Helens
The friends of a 15-year-old boy who drowned in a Merseyside lake have been paying their respects to him.

John Simmons was with friends when he fell off a polystyrene raft into the icy water of the Clegg in Thatto Heath, St Helens, early on 13 February.

Pupils at his school, Cowley Language College in St Helens, paid tribute to him in their first assembly after the half-term break.

A poem written by his girlfriend, Jamie, was read out in the assembly.

'Fun-loving'

In it, she said: "I never knew you was going to leave, I didn't think you'd go.

"Just wanted to say, just one last time, how much I loved you so."

Assistant head teacher, Paul Livesey, said he was shocked to be dealing with the death of one of his pupils.

He said: "He was a fun-loving lad. He was known by everyone in the school, you always knew when he was coming down the corridor, he was full of life."

Head boy, Patrick Hannon, said students were trying to think of the good times.

"You just have to think of all the good memories really, you can't think of all the sad ones, that just gets the mood down," he said.

John's funeral is due to take place later this week.

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The service in memory of John Simmons



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