Friends mark Sunderland River Wear tragedy teenager’s 18th birthday

Jordan Roberts, 17, who was found dead in the Wear on September 9

Jordan Roberts, 17, who was found dead in the Wear on September 9

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PALS will gather to mark the 18th birthday of a city teenager who drowned last summer.

Jordan Roberts was 17 when he died last September after getting into difficulties in the River Wear near Finchale Abbey in Durham.

Friends of the Downhill teenager are planning a gathering on Saturday, April 18, to celebrate what would have been Jordan’s 18th birthday the following day.

Jordan had been playing in the river with his brothers, Callum and George Roberts, and friend Robert Scott, when he got into difficulties.

Robert managed to rescue Callum, but was unable to help Jordan and his body was recovered the following day.

A verdict of accidental death was recorded by Durham coroner, Andrew Tweddle, following an inquest.

On Saturday friends will be gathering between 5pm and 6pm at Downhill Sports Complex’s skate park to honour their much-missed friend.

The organisers of the get-together plan to light candles and swap stories about Jordan and they will also be camping out at the site.