'You were the best and I do love you' – these were the words spoken by the brother of a popular Hemsworth man who was tragically killed in a car accident.
Scott Askham paid tribute to his brother Christopher, who was known as Tig, in front of hundreds of mourners at a funeral service at Hemsworth Arts and Community College on Friday.
Mr Askham, 23, died after his BMW was in collision with a Peugeot and a Nissan Navara, at around 2.45pm on Friday, May 15, on Barnsley Road, in Hemsworth. He had been chasing a van believed to have been stolen from his dad’s garage in Kinsley.
Others also stepped forwards at the service to remember their beloved Tig.
Dad Chris Askham, girlfriend Ashton Reay and several of his friends told the crowds how much they would miss their ‘football mad’ lad and his ‘big cheeky grin’.
Miss Reay, who is the mum of Mr Askham’s four-month-old daughter Isabella Grace, said: “I have never loved anyone in the world as much as I love you. I had to play hard to get you at first but I wish I hadn’t because I could have spent more time with you. You swept me off my feet. I will never stop loving you.”
One of his cousins, Becky, made special mention of Mr Askham’s car, which had been his pride and joy. She said: “If love alone could have saved you, Tig, you wouldn’t have died. Hemsworth won’t be the same without T16 ASK cruising around.”
Mr Askham’s mum Janet, family, friends, work colleagues and team-mates from Hemsworth Miners’ Welfare FC and South Kirkby Colliery FC were among the crowds in the overflowing hall.
After the service Mr Askham’s paternal grandparents Hazel and Ronnie Askham, who live in Cornwall, paid thanks to those who had offered their support.
Mrs Askham, 63, said: “We would like to say a truly heartfelt thank you to everyone. We were so overwhelmed to see the hundreds of people. The funeral is over, but now begins the journey down a long and lonely road. It comforts us to know that these friends are there”
Mr Askham, of Lowfield Crescent, was buried at Hemsworth Cemetery before mourners held a wake at Kinsley Hotel.