Friends share memories at party for tragic Notts teen Lewis

Lewis Crouch's family host a party for his friends at the Black Bull in Mansfield Woodhouse. The tragic teen died in a scooter accident.
Lewis Crouch's family host a party for his friends at the Black Bull in Mansfield Woodhouse. The tragic teen died in a scooter accident.

The family of Mansfield teen Lewis Crouch say they are overwhelmed by the number of people who turned out for a special gathering in his honour.

Dozens of teenagers piled into the Black Bull pub in Mansfield Woodhouse for the special party for his friends, and spilled into the street for the gathering on Wednesday, February 8.

Bike-mad and obsessed with social media, Lewis has left a legacy of YouTube videos which have given his family huge comfort.

Bike-mad and obsessed with social media, Lewis has left a legacy of YouTube videos which have given his family huge comfort.

West Notts College student Lewis, 16, died after a tragic scooter accident on Friday, February 3 on Peafield Lane, Mansfield Woodhouse.

Step-dad Garry Broughton, who runs the pub, said: "It's amazing how many are here we thought there would be lots here but you don't know.

"Lewis always wanted to have a party like this in the pub, so this is his party."

The family have been sharing memories and by watching numerous videos the avid YouTuber had posted online, they say they are getting to know a whole different side to him.

Friends and bikers turned out in droves to support the family, and one even plastered his car in 'think bike' stickers.

Friends and bikers turned out in droves to support the family, and one even plastered his car in 'think bike' stickers.

"In person he wasn't so confident," added Garry. He was talkative, but nervous. On those videos it just flows out of him and it's where he's comfortable. He even turns the lights off in the video. He never turns the lights off."

Dad Jason Crouch said: "Watching these videos you see another side to him. It's where he's comfortable."

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Brendan Archer, 19, who works at the pub, said Lewis had come to be like a brother to him.

Brendan Archer, 19, who works at the pub, said Lewis had come to be like a brother to him.

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Step mum Sarah Crouch, 48, said: "We were close as a family anyway but all this has brought us much closer together. It's a shame it takes something like this to do that.

"I'll remember our holidays together, and especially when his swimming trunks ripped in Greece."

His sister Charlotte talked about how she will remember his sense of humour: "He would always come up with his own words, like he would always say 'shambolay' for anything alcoholic. He would tense his biceps and and say 'Curls for the girls'."

Friend Aleah Hindley signs the book of condolence.

Friend Aleah Hindley signs the book of condolence.

His mum Cheryl Broughton, 45, added: "You know that song, 'who what where'. All the time no matter what you said he would spout up with 'who what what what where?"

Family friend Tom Stanforth, 21, said: "He was so passionate about social media, he would keep us up with his progression and he was always so excited if he was getting more followers."

Brendan Archer, 19, a chef at the pub said: "I started here a year ago and in the past six months he's been like my brother.

"Lewis always knew what he was about. Other people don't know what to do in life but he knew exactly where he was going."

School friend Chris Trueman, 16, goes to West Notts College. He said: "Whenever he went anywhere he would always carry his bluetooth speakers with him and blare out the music for everyone to enjoy."

"He was so caring and would always make sure you were okay before thinking of himself."

Dozens of teens joined to pay tribute to him on Wednesday, February 8.

Dozens of teens joined to pay tribute to him on Wednesday, February 8.

A funeral date has been set for February 21 and a procession of hundreds of bikes is expected to honour him.