THE family of a much-loved teenager, who took his own life last year, have praised pupils at his former school who have transformed Harlech train station into a memorial.
In March of last year, Joshua Llwyd-Hopcroft, 18, was tragically found dead by his own father in the fields close to his family home in Llanfair, near Harlech.
Josh’s father Dion Llwyd, a team leader with Aberglaslyn Mountain Rescue Team, was left devastated by the discovery, as was the whole community.
In the months following Josh’s death, the community has banded together to support the bereaved family.
One act has seen Ysgol Ardudwy, Josh’s former comprehensive school, adopt Harlech Train station in the teenager’s memory.
The unstaffed station, which sits just below the World Heritage site of Harlech Castle, had lost its sponsorship early last year after the station was regularly vandalised and covered with grafitti.
In a bid to pay tribute to Josh, the school took over the station and worked at turning it into a fitting memorial.
They replaced the ‘street art’ with a ‘tribute board’, replanted shrubs in the area and planted ‘Josh’s Tree’ with a commemorative pot.
Josh’s family were touched by the community’s act of kindness. “It’s been an unbelievably hard year for us, but the strength and generosity shown by everyone has helped us more than you can imagine,” said Ceri, Josh’s sister.
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