Tributes to a loving son, and friend, Callum

Tributes have been paid to Callum Brown, who died in the collision
Tributes have been paid to Callum Brown, who died in the collision

The parents of a Todmorden teenager tragically killed in a car crash have paid tribute to a “loving son” who was “always smiling”.

Callum Regan Brown, 18, died when the Peugeot 106 he was travelling in collided with a bus shelter and tree on Burnley Road at around 3.20am on Friday, April 4. A 17-year-old male injured in the collision remains in a stable condition in hospital.

The community has rallied round Callum’s family. His parents, Dave and Janet Flood, have thanked everyone for their kind words and support.

In a statement sent to the Todmorden News they said: “Callum was always smiling and loved being with his family and friends. The house was often full of his friends getting ready to go out or just chilling.

“We have been amazed at the love and regard that the local community has shown our family and Callum, especially the young people both from Todmorden and surrounding areas that knew our son.

“We have been inundated with flowers, cards and best wishes. This has given us and his family strength to get through each day and has highlighted what a wonderful young man our son was.

“The tree at the scene of the accident has now become a place where people are going to share their grief and memories. It has been another source of comfort for us, a place where we can go and share memories and feel close to Callum.”

A former Todmorden High School student, Callum went on to gain an NVQ2 in film and photography studies. He was training to be a barber and had recently been offered work at a shop in Halifax town centre.

Students and staff at Todmorden High School were left shocked by the news of Callum’s death and held an assembly in his honour on Tuesday.

Mr and Mrs Flood said: “We would like to thank Todmorden High School for the touching assembly they held and their help with some of the funeral arrangements, along with the young people and youth workers at Todmorden Youth Club.”

Deputy headteacher Chris Wilcocks said: “Callum was a much-loved member of our school. Todmorden has lost one of its own far too soon and the young people of our community have already shown their amazing strength both to each other and in supporting Callum’s family.

“We will remain united in the coming weeks, months and years in supporting one another in coming to terms with the enormity of what has happened. Our thoughts are with all the families involved at this incredibly traumatic time.”

And those thoughts were echoed by Chris Jones, principal at Calderdale College, who said: “Staff and students are shocked and saddened by the news of Callum tragically passing and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very difficult time.”

Callum leaves behind parents Dave and Janet; brothers Michael and Matthew; sister Levi; step sisters Rebecca and Heather; nephew Oliver; and nieces Alyssa and Eliza.

Callum’s funeral will take place at St Mary’s Church, Todmorden, at 2pm on Tuesday, April 15. It will be followed by a cremation at Burnley Crematorium at 3.40pm. All family and anyone who knew Callum are welcome to attend and celebrate his life. Family flowers only. The family has asked that any donations are made in Callum’s name to the local youth club and youth cafe.

Meanwhile, police have encouraged anyone who saw the crash to come forward.

PC Andy McManus, of the Major Collision Enquiry Team, said: “At this time we are appealing to anyone who would have been in or around the Burnley Road area of Todmorden at around 3.20am on Friday, April 4, and saw a silver Peugeot 106 motor vehicle to contact us on 101.”