Hundreds pay tributes to Lincoln teenager who died in car crash

  • The memorial service was organised by Matty's school friends. Photo: Emily Norton
  • Photo: Emily Norton
  • Photo: Emily Norton
  • Photo: Emily Norton
  • Hundreds of friends and family of Matty Ellis gathered at Lincoln Cathedral to release balloons in his memory. Photo: Emily Norton
  • Hundreds of friends and family of Matty Ellis gathered at Lincoln Cathedral to release balloons in his memory. Photo: Emily Norton
  • Photo: Emily Norton
  • Photo: Emily Norton
  • Photo: Emily Norton
  • The ceremony concluded with a lantern being lit from the Cathedral Square. Photo: Emily Norton
  • The memorial service was organised by Matty's school friends. Photo: Emily Norton
  • Photo: Emily Norton
  • Photo: Emily Norton
  • Photo: Emily Norton
  • Hundreds of friends and family of Matty Ellis gathered at Lincoln Cathedral to release balloons in his memory. Photo: Emily Norton
  • Hundreds of friends and family of Matty Ellis gathered at Lincoln Cathedral to release balloons in his memory. Photo: Emily Norton
  • Photo: Emily Norton
  • Photo: Emily Norton
  • Photo: Emily Norton
  • The ceremony concluded with a lantern being lit from the Cathedral Square. Photo: Emily Norton

Hundreds of people launched colourful balloons from the heights of Lincoln Cathedral in memory of a local teenager who died following a car crash on Good Friday.

The memorial event on April 21, which was organised by friends and family, paid tribute to 16-year-old Matty Ellis, who lost his life in a three-car collision near Alford.

After hearing the news, Matty’s friends took to Facebook to organise the memorial which began at 12.30pm with a one minute silence.

Those paying tribute then released balloons with the Arsenal football team logo, messages of thanks and ‘Happy Easter’ balloons.

His family have paid their tributes to the teenager, thanking emergency services and hospital staff for their care.

Matty Ellis. Photo: Family's collection via Lincolnshire Police

Matty Ellis. Photo: Family’s collection via Lincolnshire Police

Matty Ellis was in a black Vauxhall Corsa when it collided with a red Ford C-Max and a white Mercedes van on the A1104 at Snape Hill, Saleby near Alford on April 19.

As previously reported, three 17-year-old boys who were in the Corsa with Matty are also in hospital with serious injuries.

One of Matty’s school friends said: “We will always remember him from school. I had nearly every lesson with him and he was a class clown, such a cheeky chappy.

“It’s so sad to think that he didn’t make it to seventeen and we are all learning to drive and looking forward to all those things.

“We are all still in shock and our hearts go out to Matty’s family.”

Dozens of Lincoln teenagers ran in memory of their friend, Matty Ellis, 16, who died after a car crash last week. On Saturday, April 26, they ran from the Lincoln Imp pub to the Cathedral. The youngest runner was a 10-year-old boy.

Dozens of Lincoln teenagers ran in memory of their friend, Matty Ellis, 16, who died after a car crash last week. On Saturday, April 26, they ran from the Lincoln Imp pub to the Cathedral. The youngest runner was a 10-year-old boy.

Lincoln fans away at Wrexham in remembrance of Matty Ellis. Photo: Danny  Cutten

Lincoln fans away at Wrexham in remembrance of Matty Ellis. Photo: Danny Cutten