A young rigger who helped to build Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre stage took his last visit to the North Bay venue yesterday.
Luke Coles died tragically in a road accident on the outskirts of Edinburgh on March 7.
The 21-year-old was due to return to Scarborough this spring to work behind the scenes at the theatre’s summer shows.
In honour of his achievements and love for his work, Luke’s family arranged for his coffin to be driven through the Open Air Theatre, on the n orth side of the town, after a last ride along the seafront.
Friends and family from far and wide travelled to Scarborough yesterday to pay their last respects to Luke, whose funeral was held at Westborough Methodist Church.
Despite the snowy showers many wore shorts in memory of Luke who, due to the nature of his work, was rarely seen in full length trousers.
Luke’s father Craig and mother Karen, said they wanted to add a touch of humour to a day that was undoubtedly going to be difficult for the many people who loved Luke.
They said: “Luke made friends wherever he went. We have been so overwhelmed by the number of messages and tributes we have got.
“It has been wonderful to know he was loved by so many people.
“We wanted his funeral to be a reflection of him, which is why we went via the Open Air Theatre, and why we held the service at Westborough as Luke spent a lot of his time there with Beavers and Scouts as a youngster.
“He did so much in a such a short space of time.
“It’s just wrong that he’s been taken so soon.
“He was a big part of our family, and has left a big gap in everyone’s life. We will all miss him very much.”
“We would like to thank everyone for their support.”
Luke, who was a former pupil of Gladstone Road and Graham Schools, worked freelance as a rigger; working on shows and productions across the country.
At the time of his death he was returning to Edinburgh where he was working on the West End musical High Society, having spent the weekend helping a crew at an Olly Murs concert in Nottingham.
As well as working at the Open Air Theatre, Luke worked locally at the Futurist and the Stephen Joseph Theatre.
Alongside his work Luke enjoyed many hobbies and earned many sporting achievements.
As a youngster he was a keen Air Cadet, wanting eventually to join the RAF.
Not only did he get a flying licence but he was the RAF Cadets Rugby Club captain.
He also played for Scarborough, and rowed for the town as well as swimming for Scarborough Kingfishers.
Luke was a keen mountain biker and climber.
Yesterday many of his friends wore brightly coloured long socks – often worn by Luke when he was cycling or climbing.