Walk in memory of Gareth

Gareth Stringfellow (taken from Facebook page: RIP Gareth Stringfellow).

Gareth Stringfellow (taken from Facebook page: RIP Gareth Stringfellow).

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Friends of a Chorley teenager who died on a railway line have staged a walk in his memory.

The body of Gareth Stringfellow, 18, known by his family and friends as ‘Stringy’, was found close to the railway line in Coppull last Saturday morning.

Around 50 of his friends walked from his home in Doris Street, Chorley, to the bridge near the line on Chapel Street, Coppull and lit Chinese lanterns.

They also placed flowers near the spot where he died.

Friend Rachel Hodgkinson, 26, of Corporation Street said Gareth, who was a talented footballer, would have liked the gesture.

She said: “It took us about two-and-a-half to walk from where he lived to where his life ended.

“It started off with about 10 of us and by the time we started there was 46 of his friends all joining. There 51 in total on the bridge by the end.

“We lit some lanterns and put flowers on the lamp post. We spent an hour up there.

“Stringy was the life and soul of everyone’s party.

“He would have loved this. He would have loved everyone being together.”

The youngster, who attended Holy Cross Catholic High School, had started out playing for Chorley St Gregory’s and had trials with Blackburn Rovers before joining the academy at Bolton and then playing for Preston until being released as a 16-year-old.

He was handed his debut at 16 with Evo-Stik League Premier Division side Kendal Town, and later played for local teams, most recently, Lostock St Gerard’s in the West Lancashire League.

Rachel said Gareth had a bond with her son Ryan, 10.

She said: “He was a great role model for him and they would always play football together.”

A spokesman for the British Transport Police confirmed officers were called to a stretch of track of the West Coast Mainline at Coppull, shortly before 9am on Saturday, June 2.