MOVING tributes have been paid to a popular Skegness teenager who died after a horrific road smash on Friday.
James Whittam, 18, passed away in Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital on Friday afternoon, just hours after his Ford van and a Fiat Punto collided on the A158 Burgh bypass.
Within minutes of his death friends and family hit the internet to pay emotional tributes to the popular teenager, who played for Skegness Town’s reserves outfit.
The tragedy also cut across the footballing divide, with teams across the area holding moving minute silences in James’s honour on Saturday - including local arch rivals Skegness United (pictured).
The Skegness Town Reserves’ game on Saturday was also called off in the wake of James’s death.
Commenting on Facebook the club said: “Skegness Town won’t be the same without you James. Miss you mate, but we will never forget you xxx”
Footballer Daniel Tuplin added: “RIP Jimmy, you will be missed by us all. You were a great lad. Thoughts go out to all the Whittams xx”.
Other team-mates vowed that the team would do James proud in his honour and that “every match will be in memory of you”.
Skegness United joint manager Mark Hallam, meanwhile, has also paid his respects to the teen, and said the large number of people present to mark the minute’s silence on Saturday was an emotional sight.
“It was fantastic to see so many people turn out to be part of the minutes silence for young Jimmy Whittam,” he said.
“He was a smashing Skeggy lad and our heartfelt condolences go out to all at Skegness Town and in particular the Whittam family at this difficult time.”
The Coroner’s Office is expected to open and adjourn and inquest into the death later this week.
Meanwhile, police have appealed for any witnesses who may have seen the collision to come forward. They should contact the Collision Witness Hotline on 01522 558855.