Memorial to Caitlin opens at school

16-year-old Caitlin Thaxter from West Yorkshire, who has died in a road crash on the A83 near Dunderave Castle,V4.
16-year-old Caitlin Thaxter from West Yorkshire, who has died in a road crash on the A83 near Dunderave Castle,V4.

A special memorial room has been set up in memory of a Brighouse student killed in an accident in Scotland on her 16th birthday.

Caitlin Thaxter was a passenger in a car which left the road while negotiating a left-hand bend near Dunderave Castle, a few miles east of Inveraray, and hit a tree at around 11.15am on Saturday.

Caitlin, a pupil at Brighouse High School, was travelling in the front passenger seat. The 45-year-old female driver and a teenage female rear passenger suffered minor injuries.

Police Scotland has appealed for witnesses to the crash, involving a silver Toyota RAV4. Brighouse High School re-opened during the half-term holiday so that flowers could be left at her locker and a special memorial room has been set up for friends to leave cards, messages and photographs. A memorial assembly is also planned.

Head teacher Liz Cresswell said: “We were incredibly sad to receive the news of the death of a much loved member of the Brighouse High community.

“Caitlin was tragically killed in a road accident on the way to a family holiday in Scotland. It was Caitlin’s 16th birthday and only the day before she had been sharing birthday cake with friends and teachers at school.

“Caitlin was popular with both pupils and staff and she made a fantastic contribution to Brighouse High. Our deepest sympathy goes to Caitlin’s family.

“She had many many friends and was a role model to all who knew her. She was renowned for her enthusiasm, sense of fun and loyalty. Despite the fact that it is half term members of Caitlin’s form and Year group have been visiting school to pay tribute and share their grief.

“Flowers have been left at her locker and a special memorial room has been set up where friends can leave cards, messages and photographs. The Year group is also planning a further memorial assembly and other events to celebrate the life of a wonderful pupil and friend.”

Caitlin was a friend with many of the players at Brighouse Junior Football Club - who are also pupils at Brighouse High.

Some of the players were so upset about the news that they asked not to play in the Under 16’s B match against Linthwaite.

Two members of the A team also asked not to play away at Ryburn. But the decision was taken to continue with the match as their parents felt it was important that the boys came together to support one another, although they were visibly shaken by the news.

Although the two boys who had asked not to play did turn up to watch the match for a short time surrounded by fellow pupils and friends.

And at their next match the players are hoping to wear black arm bands and possibly do either a minute’s tribute in Caitlin’s honour.