Sports-mad Jack was looking forward to university

TRIBUTE ... Headteacher Sir Ken Gibson has paid tribute to Jack Burden.

TRIBUTE ... Headteacher Sir Ken Gibson has paid tribute to Jack Burden.


TRAGIC teen Jack Burden was looking forward to going to university in September.

Today, his school headteacher, Sir Ken Gibson, paid tribute to the “incredibly popular and likeable young man”.

Jack, 18, from South Shields, was working on a charity project to build sports facilities for a school in Tanzania when he died from a severe allergic reaction.

He was in the East African country with expedition company True Adventure when the tragedy happened on Tuesday.

The teenager, a Harton Technology College pupil, was on an expedition with his classmates.

Despite receiving immediate first aid and treatment with EpiPens - an emergency treatment for anaphylaxis - he could not be resuscitated.

Sir Ken Gibson, executive headteacher at Harton Technology College, said: “The whole school community has been devastated by the awful news which unfolded on Tuesday evening about Jack Burden, one of our sixth form students.

“Jack was an incredibly popular and likeable young man who possessed a very sharp sense of humour. He never had a bad word to say about anyone and had a genuinely caring, thoughtful and lovely manner.

“He was very sporty and had a number of close friends through his football and cricket exploits.

“I have read many of the tributes to Jack and they certainly confirm just how well respected, admired and loved he was by everyone.

“I know that the family has been inundated with cards, messages and visitors, and my thoughts remain with them and Jack’s close friends at this very difficult time.

“Jack was a very talented and bright young man who had intended to study English literature and education at Liverpool Hope University from September.

“His teachers have been full of praise throughout Jack’s seven years at Harton and they, too, have been very keen to pass on their best wishes and deepest sympathy to the family and friends.”

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