Friends turn out for memorial rally

Wellingborough car club enthusiasts and family members have a special memorial meeting in memory of teenagers Ryan Kirk & Lottie Filer, who died in a car crash last month.
Wellingborough car club enthusiasts and family members have a special memorial meeting in memory of teenagers Ryan Kirk & Lottie Filer, who died in a car crash last month.
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Friends and family of two teenagers killed in a car crash last month attended a gathering in their memory.

Ryan Kirk, 19, of Denford Ash, near Thrapston, and Charlotte Filer, 17, of Lilac Place, Kettering, died when Ryan’s Citroen Saxo collided with a Vauxhall Astra on Warkton Road near Grafton Underwood on Tuesday, January 10.

Both were car enthusiasts and others who share their passion organised a meeting for those who knew them to pay their respects on Saturday.

Calvin Cherry, 19, organised the event.

He was a close friend of Charlotte’s and runs the Eastern Modified car club, of which Ryan was a member.

Mr Cherry, of Northampton, told the Evening Telegraph last month: “It’s a way to show that there are people who cared about Charlotte and Ryan.

“The car club is like a family, we’ve lost two of our own so we will do whatever we can to show our respect.”

More than 50 car enthusiasts turned out for the memorial, held in the car park of B&Q in London Road, Wellingborough.

The original plan had been to hold the event at Nene Valley Retail Park in Towcester, but Mr Cherry was informed by police that this would not be a suitable venue.

And there had been fears that officers would shut down the event altogether, but the group was left to mourn its friends in peace.

Car stickers bearing Charlotte’s and Ryan’s names were sold on the night to help raise money for their families.

The funerals of the two victims were held within days of each other last month.