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Colourful tributes in memory of Port Talbot teen Lewis Thelwall

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 14, 2012

By Gill Roberts

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FAMILY and friends have dyed their hair in various bright colours to pay tribute to a Port Talbot teen.

Lewis Thelwall, who died suddenly in November, was known to always change the colour of his hair.

In his memory at his funeral, which took place yesterday, many mourners wore bright clothing as well as changing their hair colour for the occasion.

Scores of people attended the service at St Paul's Church in Aberavon, with many having to stand at the back.

Officiating, the Rev Matthew Trick, said it was clear Lewis was thought of very highly by the number of tributes that had been left on Facebook.

A floral tribute has also been created outside the church.

Lewis, originally from Swindon, moved to the area when he was nine and attended Glan Y Mor Primary School and Sandfields Comprehensive School. He then went on to study forensics and photography at Neath Port Talbot College.

Mr Trick said Lewis was a talented photographer and "never missed an opportunity to take another snap".

He said: "He fell in love with photography and was inseparable from his camera."

Lewis had been a member of Port Talbot Camera Club and had earlier won an award at the group's annual competition.

Mr Trick said when he asked Lewis' mother for one memory she said "his hair".

Mr Trick said: "He never kept the same hair colour for long.

"It was part of who he was and how he expressed himself."

The service concluded with a song played into the church by Linkin Park called Numb.

Mourners then made their way to Margam Crematorium and later met at The Four Winds.

Captain Beany, who first met Lewis in May, said he was devastated by his death.

"Lewis was an exceptional aspiring budding photographer who had a great future," he said.

"He came and supported my causes and took some lovely photos of me.

"Such a shock to hear of his untimely death, and my thoughts go out to all family and friends."

His family have requested that donations in memory of Lewis can be made to St Paul's Church or to charity Whizz Kids, which helps give disabled children the chance to lead a more independent life.

More than 280 members have joined a Facebook group called In Memory of Lewis Thelwall.

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