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Hundreds pay tribute to Berkshire school staff killed in M4 crash

Mourners at memorial service held at St Nicholas Church in Newbury Photo: ITV

Hundreds of people gathered for a special memorial service today in honour of three people who were killed in an horrific crash on the M4 in Berkshire.

Jason Aleixo, Lorraine Maclellan and Catherine Gardiner worked for Priors Court, a residental school for young people with autism.

They died exactly two months ago today when their school minibus collided with a lorry.

Watch our reporter Cary Johnston's full story on the memorial service here.

The tragedy devastated their families and left many within their communities in shock. Mourners came in their dozens to St Nicholas Church in Newbury to celebrate the lives of staff fondly remembered by young people at the school.

Catherine Gardiner, Jason Aleixo and Lorraine Maclellan perished in a collision on the M4

Father Oliver Holt, who oversaw the service, described the gathering as "extraordinary."

A special song performed by Priors Court School pupils has been recorded at Abbey Road Studios.

The song, originally intended as an anthem for autism, has taken on a whole new meaning following the tragedy.

School chief executive Mike Robinson said work on its production has helped students and staff "to focus and look forward."