More than 300 mourners gathered in Almondsbury for the funeral of teenager Charlie Froud who died alongside his best friend Ayman Booz and Ayman’s parents when their light aircraft crashed in Ireland.

The boys, both 14, were popular students at Marlwood School in Alveston and 120 of their school friends attended the service at St Mary’s Church yesterday, followed by committal at Almondsbury Cemetery.

The church bell tolled as 30 family members, led by Charlie’s parents David and Heather and sister Georgia, walked through the village behind the hearse carrying Charlie’s coffin.

Charlie was a keen off-road motorcyclist and his white helmet was placed on top of the coffin as it was carried into St Mary’s.

The opening hymn was All Things Bright and Beautiful and then Charlie’s parents, grandparents and two school mates paid tribute to the loyal and loveable boy who was full of life.

The Reverend Philip Rowe, who led the service, a celebration of Charlie’s life, spoke on behalf of Georgia. After the address and prayers the congregation sang Jerusalem before making their way through the village to say farewell to Charlie at the cemetery. After the service, Mr Rowe said: “Charlie was a much-loved young man. A lot of his school friends were here today.

“Life will never be the same again for those whom he loved but with God’s help and the help of the community they will come to a new normality in time, though Charlie will always be a part of their lives.”

Long-time friends Charlie and Ayman died with Ayman’s parents, Sharif and Margaret Booz, when the light aircraft they were flying in crashed on a mountainside in Wicklow on October 25.
They had been on their way to Mrs Booz’s home town of Newbridge, County Kildare for a half-term break.

It is understood that the single- engined plane crashed during a gale. Mr Booz, who was at the controls, had at least seven years’ experience as a pilot and normally flew to Ireland twice a year with his family to visit relatives. Irish aviation officials are still investigating the cause of the crash, but they believe the weather played a significant part.

Mr and Mrs Booz and their son were also buried at Almondsbury Cemetery last Friday.