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Flag lies at half mast for Summer School student killed in road crash

Kadian HardingKadian HardingA short service of remembrance is to be held at Marlborough College’s Summer School later this week in tribute to 14-year-old Kadian Harding, who was killed in a road crash while out cycling.

It happened during an evening bike ride on Wednesday when Kadian, coming down a steep hill on to the A4 at Clatford, just outside Marlborough, was hit by a Mercedes van.

The flag over the College has been flying at half mast ever since but it was only at the weekend that students were officially informed of the tragedy.

This was at the request of the Harding family, who did not wish to release his name immediately.

Now Summer School director Jon Copp has revealed in a statement to Marlborough News Online: “The news of the death of Kadian Harding has stunned the Summer School community.

“Kadian and his sister, Sam, were attending courses at this year’s event along with several friends.

“On behalf of Jonathan Leigh, the Master, members of the College Council and the entire Summer School staff, I would like to pass on our deepest sympathy to the Harding family for their devastating loss.”

Now a short service of remembrance in the College chapel is being organised for one day later this week.

“Details are not yet confirmed,” explained Mr Copp. “Kadian was a popular member of the teenage group attending the Summer School and he will be sorely missed.”

An inquest has been opened by the Wiltshire coroner, David Ridley, and adjourned while police continue to investigate the accident.

The driver of the van, a 32-year-old man from Melksham, has not been identified by the police.

pic courtesy of the Shepherdstown Chronicle

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