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Cranbrook School leads tribute to Bolivia crash teenagers Freddie McLennan and Joe Atkins

A headmaster has paid tribute totwo teenagers who died in a crash in Bolivia.

"True leader" Freddie McLennan and "scholar in the making" Joe Atkins, named elsewhere as George Joseph Atkins, died on Sunday after a crash on the Salar de Uyuni saltflat.

Dr John Weeds, headmaster at Cranbrook School said today: "Cranbrook School is deeply saddened to learn of the recent deaths of former students Freddie McLennan and Joe Atkins following a fatal accident while the two were travelling on their gap year in Bolivia.

Freddie McLennan and George Atkins (12208207)
Freddie McLennan and George Atkins (12208207)

"Freddie was a most likeable young man who was a true leader in the making.

"He led his Day House with great skill and tact and was admired by staff and students alike for his maturity.

"Freddie’s former head of house speaks particularly highly of him, praising his natural leadership skills and commitment to the role, as well as his good humour and compassionate nature.

Cranbrook School headmaster Dr John Weeds. Picture: Andy Payton
Cranbrook School headmaster Dr John Weeds. Picture: Andy Payton

"He was also an exemplary student who achieved exceptionally highly in our Sixth Form.

"Joe was an equally popular student who was a scholar in the making. He was particularly well-liked in his Day House and led by example in his commitment to his studies.

"Joe’s former head of house praised his positive influence, his cheerful manner and remembered his fanatical support for Manchester City.

"We share the grief of the families at their tragic loss and offer them our sincerest condolences."

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