The 10th anniversary of the death of a talented schoolgirl in a road accident just outside Malton was marked by a service at a church in the town.
Family, relatives and friends gathered in St Leonard & St Mary’s RC Church on Sunday to remember Lydia Purcell who was just 12 years old when she was struck by a truck on the Malton to Hovingham Road at Broughton.
She later died at Leeds General Infirmary on March 9, 2004.
The service was led by parish priest Father Tim Bywater who had also conducted the funeral of Lydia.
Father Tim told the congregation how he remembered a conversation with her friends who said that while they moved on they would take Lydia with them in their memories. Music written by Kirkbymoorside composer Graham Lyons for the funeral was played at Sunday’s Mass by Lydia’s mother, Julie, Sandy Anderson, and Hannah Poole.
Lydia was a student at All Saints School, York, after attending St Mary’s RC Primary School in Malton.
She was described as a gifted girl with a pretty smile and a lively personality who was an excellent all-rounder and who enjoyed and thrived on the challenge of learning. A trust fund was set up in her name to provide an award for students at All Saints who excelled, as she had done, academically and musically.
She particularly excelled in maths and music and had also danced at the Kirkham Henry Performing Arts in Malton where an award for improvisation was created in her name.
Lydia had lived in Swinton, with her mother, who is joint director of music at Terrington Hall Preparatory School, brother Elliott and sister Mia.
She had been nominated by her school for membership of the National Academy of Gifted and Talented Youth which encourages the top five per cent of able young people in the country.
*Earlier this year the church also held a service to mark the 10th anniversary of Joanna Rookes who was struck by a car and killed in Malton.