Church tribute to talented Norfolk teenager
Family, friends and fellow pupils descended on a church in Trowse near Norwich last night (February 20) in an emotional but dignified silence to light candles in memory of talented teenager Maisie Baxter.
More than 100 people attended the powerful and poignant event at St Andrew’s Church, Trowse, where they lit candles, signed a book of condolence and came together to remember with each other the 13-year-old Framingham Earl High School pupil whose body was found at the weekend.
The event was the idea of Canon Michael Long, priest-in-charge at St Andrew’s Church, who opened the church between 7pm and 9pm after meeting with the family.
He said: “I said I’m willing to open the church and let people know so they can light a candle and they said yes. It gives people an opportunity to do something - I think they wanted to do something.”
Canon Long described Maisie, who attended an after school Chill Out club at the church which ran fortnightly on a Thursday as a “very talented musician” who played the piano and sang. He added the teenagers attending the church were a “marvellous” support to each other at what was such a difficult time for everyone who knew and loved Maisie.
The church will be open between 7pm and 9pm on Tuesday (February 21) for those wanting to pay their respects to Maisie by lighting a candle and on Wednesday from 10.30am until noon for those who cannot get there at night.
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