And now one of the injured, Eleanor McGrath , 14 , has died of her injuries. Our local paper ,the Echo has over 500 comments on it's website here and here.
Perhaps this is the most eloquent :
"What a tragedy, there are no words to describe my feelings of sadness and emptiness on hearing the news of Eleanor's passing away. I didn't know her personally but my daughter described her as one of the nicest people you could meet.
To all the girls and boys from Thorpe Hall School, the Southend High schools, and any others involved, I just want to say again what a absolute credit you are to humankind. My own daughter was involved and witnessed the full trauma of events, and along with several others did all she could to help. You should all be so proud of yourselves - we all know you did the very best you possibly could, and just knowing they were being cared for by such loving, unselfish people must have helped the injured, even if it was on a subconscious level in some cases.
I think it's high time the true meanings of the phrases "Essex Boy" and "Essex Girl" were revised."