Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Friends Brave Waters for Alex and Harry

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Friends Brave Waters for Alex and Harry

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Byline: JAMES CAIN james.cain@trinitymirror.com @JimmyMCain

FRIENDS of two tragic teenagers whose bodies were found at the bottom of cliffs in Saltburn have braved a dip in the North Sea to raise money for funeral costs.

"Best mates" Alex Yeoman and Harry Watson, who were both 17, were found at the bottom of Huntcliff in Saltburn at around 7pm on Friday, March 24.

On Saturday, a group of the teenagers' friends braved the bitterly cold North Sea to help raise money for the funeral costs of both the boys.

As the group gathered outside Saltburn's Ship Inn, underneath the shadow of Huntcliff, long-time friend of both Alex and Harry, Corey Robinson, stood on the shore wall and spoke.

Always everyone and will always He said: "I'm so proud that so many of you have came out to do this today, even if I'm not the person who should be saying that."

Mum Tanya Harry " The 19-year-old then gathered the group on the shore ramp and, after a countdown, set them off on their run down to the beach, across the sands, and into the waves.

Unable to join in the dip himself Corey, who lives in Redcar, said: "I went to school with both of them, all the way from primary school.

"It's good to see so many came out for them today."

The sponsored dip was organised by 16-year-old Nicole Case.

"We did it just so we can help towards the costs of the funeral," she said.

"I was friends with Harry, I didn't really know Alex, but we're here for both of them."

Moving messages and pictures were shared of Alex and Harry following the tragic events of last week, in which the pair were found at the beauty spot.

In a heartbreaking Facebook post, the mum of Harry Watson says her son was one of life's "gifts".

It was reported on Tuesday by Harry's mum, Tanya, that the youngsters had been simply "having a laugh together" taking photos when they tragically slipped over the cliffs.

She also posted an emotional tribute to her late son in which she wrote: "We don't have many answers, but Harry is one of the gifts in life, always there for everyone and anyone he will always live in our hearts. …

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