Family and friends bid farewell to tragic Jack Burden

TRAGIC TEENAGER ... Jack Burden died on a school trip to Tanzania.
TRAGIC TEENAGER ... Jack Burden died on a school trip to Tanzania.

THE loved ones of tragic Jack Burden gathered together to say their final goodbyes.

The 18-year-old’s funeral was held yesterday.

Jack, of Midhurst Avenue, Harton, South Shields, died of a severe allergic reaction on Tuesday, July 22, but it is still not known what caused his death.

He was on a trip to Tanzania with fellow pupils from Harton Technology College, South Shields.

His parents, Steven and Alison, who is headteacher of Marine Park Primary School, South Shields, and his 16-year-old sister Sarah were joined by loved ones and Jack’s many friends at the service in the borough, and pals paid tribute to Jack on Facebook.

Scott Nye posted: “Unbelievable turn out for Jack, obviously a well loved lad, rest in peace mate, will be a huge miss.”

Jack was part of a team of 10 teenagers, two college staff and one leader who were trekking in the Uluguru region of southern Tanzania and working on a charity project to build sports facilities at a school, when the tragedy happened.

The group were on the 19th day of a 28-day expedition when Jack suffered an allergic reaction.

Despite receiving immediate first aid and treatment he could not be resuscitated.

South Tyneside’s coroner Terence Carney has opened an investigation into Jack’s death and a post mortem has been carried out, but a cause of death has still not been determined.

The coroner is waiting for tests results to come back before a decision is made as to whether or not an inquest will be held.

If one is held, it could take place in Tanzania, East Africa.

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