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Funeral of Northumberland teenager Charlie Pope takes place in Newcastle

Charlie Pope died after going into the Rochdale Canal in Manchester Credit: Family photo

By Kris Jepson

Friends of Northumberland student, Charlie Pope, have paid tribute to him at his funeral in Newcastle, calling the teenager an "extraordinary" person.

The 19-year-old Manchester University student, who was from Ponteland, died after falling into the Rochdale Canal in Manchester, while walking home following a night out.

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More than a hundred friends and family members paid their respects to Charlie, whose life was celebrated during an hour long service at the English Martyrs Roman Catholic Church in Fenham.

Charlie Pope funeral Credit: ITV News

All wore the colour yellow to mark the fact Charlie's favourite Coldplay song was Yellow. That song, along with others by Oasis and Radiohead were also played.

Charlie was, without doubt, one of the most extraordinary people I've ever met. He was probably the only person you could have an argument with, but laugh at, at the same time. It's just an incredible loss. I can't get over it.

– Nic Whitbread, Friend
Charlie Pope Credit: Family photo

Charlie Pope was enjoying his first year of a social sciences degree and was planning for his future when he died. He had achieved three As for his A-Levels at Ponteland High School 6th Form.

His former headteacher, Kieran McGrane, told ITV News "It leaves a huge hole, because it brings back all the memories of the times that he was with us. He was very easy with everybody. He just had a lovely personality, very open to talking to people. That's my abiding memory of him. I can picture him now, coming past me with a smile on his face, having a quick chat and then he was on his way for his lunch".

Charlie was always a great guy to have around. He was incredibly funny, incredibly argumentative at times. Always up for a debate, a political discussion and he'll be very sorely missed by his friends and family.

– James Plumeridge, Friend

Canal Safety Campaign

Charlie Pope's family and friends have started a campaign for better safety measures around canals and in particular for permanent barriers to be installed along the Manchester Canal. So far almost 47,000 people have signed to online petition.

Charlie's family Credit: ITV News

Last night, Charlie's father, Nick Pope, thanked the signatories of the petition.

Tomorrow is Charlie's funeral and I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Alona and the people of Manchester and beyond for driving this petition. You have all given us enormous strength to carry on. Let's make sure we leave a legacy for Charlie, by getting as many people as possible to support the petition, to force through change and make the canals and waterways safe. #MakeCharlieTheLast

– Nick Pope, Charlie's dad

Earlier this month, temporary safety barriers were installed on the waterway.

Earlier this month, temporary safety barriers were installed on the waterway. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees