Hundreds pay tributes to 'inspirational' Peter
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DEEPLY MISSED: Tributes were paid to keen drama student Peter Baker at a service of thanksgiving where more than 400 people attended.
HEARTFELT tributes were paid to a teenager who was an 'inspiration and a light' as loved ones said a final goodbye.
More than 400 family and friends attended a service of thanksgiving for Peter Baker on Friday last week at St Andrew's Methodist Church in Merton Road, Slough, where his father is a minister and the 18-year-old was a steward.
The gathered mourners sang Peter's favourite song of worship 'Blessed Be The Name Of The Lord' and emotional tributes were read by his father, the Reverend Andrew Baker, brother Tim and friends from St Andrew's and his college, Strode's in Egham.
The teenager died in a fire at his home in Upton Road, Slough, on Saturday, July 7. Speaking to The Observer after the service, Peter's brother Tim said: "For me, the service was a hugely positive experience in the midst of some very dark times.
"To receive so much love and support from so many was incredibly uplifting."
Among the mourners were Peter's family, his church friends from Slough and across Britain and friends from his college and high school in Stoke-on-Trent where the family previously lived.
Tim, 22, added: "It also proved that Pete was able to touch so many lives in his short time with us, and develop special relationships with all the people who got to know him.
"He was an inspiration and a light, seeking to bring us all peace on our journey through life." A statement from Peter's parents, Andrew and Jill read: "The flood of prayers, support and encouragement from so many people from so many different parts of our lives was overwhelming and moving.
"The presence of so many indicated that the light of Peter's life had spread so far."
Mr and Mrs Baker have chosen the 'What A Performance' project as the beneficiary of any donations in memory of Peter, who loved drama. The scheme is run by Methodist Relief and Development Fund which pays for team of actors to travel to India to perform shows about issues such as HIV/AIDs and migration.
Send donations to c/o Rev Andrew Baker, St Andrews Methodist Church, 2 Merton Road, Slough, SL1 1QW.