Horse-drawn carriage to take teen Scott Lewis on final journey
"HE was one in a million, and the best brother in the world."
That was the heartfelt tribute by Scott Lewis's oldest sister, Annie, as the family prepared to say their final goodbyes to a loving brother and son.
The 16-year-old was killed in a motorcycle accident in Goa, India earlier this month while on holiday with his father.
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After he was brought home, his family arranged for Scott's coffin to be brought to his funeral in a cart pulled by two stallions on Thursday.
Annie said: "Scott loved horses. His favourite animal was the cheetah, but he loved horses, and he has worked around them all this life."
The horse and carriage is provided by Mason and Stokes Funeral Service.
It will travel from the family home in Swindon Village, towards Swindon Farm and then up to Cheltenham Cemetery and Crematorium in Prestbury.
The five-mile journey will visit the places close to Scott's heart, where he worked and lived before he passed away.
"My brother loved being around horses and working at the farm," Annie said.
She added she wanted to thank family friends Charlene Mitchell and Sue Brazil for standing by them and helping with funeral arrangements during this difficult time.
Annie added: "They have given up a lot of their time to help us arrange the flowers, and they have helped us with everything.
"We are very thankful for the amount of support people have shown us since Scott passed away.
"People have been really brilliant, just amazing.
"It's just nice to know people are there, and they care.
"Scott was well and truly one in a million.
"He was a brilliant uncle to my daughter and he was always there for all of us.
"There will not be another person like my brother.
"He was my little brother, but he looked after us that much, he was like my older brother.
"He was great."
Fundraising events have been organised in his honour, with his former school, Pittville School, hosting a football match on Saturday.
Close family friend Sevin Zulhayir is also organising a fundraising football match, which would match Scott's good friends against their fathers. Friends and family are invited to the funeral service at Cheltenham Crematorium and Cemetery at 2.30pm.