Video: Lanterns light up Norfolk sky for Yarmouth tragic teen Shannon Goodson
PUBLISHED: 20:25 01 March 2014 | UPDATED: 11:44 02 March 2014
Hundreds of paper lanterns have been released over Great Yarmouth beach in memory of a “beautiful” girl killed in a traffic road collision.
Friends and family gathered near Joyland on the seafront from 6pm tonight, coming together to pay tribute to Shannon Goodson.
The 14-year-old, from Yarmouth, died after being in collision with a bus in Ormesby Road, Caister, last Saturday.
Hundreds of people gathered on Great Yarmouth seafront to pay their respects, and youngsters released lanterns by Britannia Pier from 6pm. Some of the lanterns had messages such as ‘missing you’.
There were hugs as the lanterns soared into the sky as Shannon’s family looked on. During the release the pier played some of Shannon’s favourite songs as her school friends remembered the popular 14-year-old.
Her death has prompted an outpouring of grief across the borough - more than 5,100 have joined a Facebook page in her memory, flowers are being left near the site of the accident and heartfelt messages scrawled onto lampposts on the street.
Posting on the Facebook site Kim White said: “RIP beautiful angel. Thoughts are with family and friends at this terrible time, I can’t begin to imagine the pain you are all feeling. So sorry x.”
Paying tribute to Shannon, Yarmouth high headteacher Wendy Missons said in a statement: “We were all shocked and deeply sorry to hear of the accident, and there were many tears.
“Shannon was a lovely, popular girl and will be deeply missed by students, staff and all those who worked with her. Our thoughts are with Shannon’s family at this difficult time: we are here for you.”
Emergency services, including the East Anglian Air Ambulance, were called to the road at 4pm last Saturday after Shannon was involved in collision with a single-decker Sanders coach.
An inquest into Shannon’s death was opened in Norwich on Thursday. Norfolk coroner Jacqueline Lake said the teenager, who was formally identified by her father Paul Goodson at the James Paget University Hospital, had “entered the road in front of the bus and died as a result of a collision”.
A post-mortem examination revealed she died of skull fractures due to multiple injuries.
The inquest will be reviewed on or before May 22.