Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Flag Flies at Half Mast at the Camp Where Shaun Should Have Been Having Fun; Tragic Lad Dreamed of Starting a Business

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Flag Flies at Half Mast at the Camp Where Shaun Should Have Been Having Fun; Tragic Lad Dreamed of Starting a Business

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Byline: SARAH JUDD

A BOYS' brigade leader today paid tribute to popular and kind Shaun Branson, after the 21-year-old's body was recovered from the River Tees on Sunday.

Shaun's family and friends, including foster mum Sheila Branson who he called 'mum', clung to the hope the vulnerable young man would return home on Saturday in time for a camping trip he had been so looking forward to.

However, on Sunday night, the family received the heartbreaking news they had been dreading since Shaun, of Headlam Court, disappeared from his Norton home on Saturday, August 8. A flag is today flying at half mast at the camping site in Milton Keynes where Shaun should have been enjoying a week-long adventure with his friends from the 11th Boys' Brigade, of Norton.

Speaking from the site, officer Colin Bell, 48, leader of the brigade, said: "It's a bit quiet here. I don't know if we should be here now. I think we should have gone home to be honest."

Colin has been in regular contact with Shaun's foster mum since continuing with the trip on Saturday, and said the thoughts of everyone at the campsite were with Shaun's family and friends on Teesside.

Colin said: "Everybody liked Shaun. He always wanted to help out and never ever missed the Boys' Brigade. He would join in with the older ones but helped out with the younger ones aged from six to 10. He would do badge work and march with them. Anything you asked him to do he would do."

Colin, who was also Shaun's boss at Guisborough-based Beltra Woodcraft, and who has known him since he was about 10, said he was a determined young man who, despite his difficulties, would try his hand at anything and dreamed of setting up his own business.

"He gave everything a go and had been to Stockton Riverside College to do administration and achieved level two. He was always on the internet, knew all about computers and was confident with paperwork and getting things organised. …

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