FAMILY and friends of Alice Kelly visited the spot where the teenager was tragically killed by a falling tree.
The young schoolgirl’s family, including her mother, father, step-mother and siblings have all left flowers remembering the girl who was “always smiling”.
Her father hugged his two young daughters as he placed flowers in memory of Alice, 13.
And friends have left notes remembering Alice who they described as “the best friend ever”.
Alice, a Salendine Nook High School pupil, was tragically killed on Monday when she was hit by a tree which had fallen over on the Reinwood recreation ground just yards from her home at Oakes.
Her friend Sarah Fern said: “She was such a good friend.
“We used to go to each other’s house and go out with friends.
“When I was poorly in hospital she came to visit me.
“She’d cheer me up and help me, she was always smiling, all the time.
“I can’t believe I am here now putting flowers down for her, I wish I didn’t have to because she was such a good mate.
“She was a great girl, why has this happened to her?”
Many of Alice’s friends are now planning a memorial event to remember her by.
Sarah, 17, added: “Everyone is so upset about it.
“No-one can believe what has happened.
“Everyone will miss her lots, we’ll do something to remember her.”
Former neighbour Susan Robinson said: “There were so many of us who lived near to Alice and knew her when she was little.
“I remember her as such a jolly girl, she was always so happy and smiling.”
Karen Fern, another family friend, added: “All our kids grew up together, you think of them as one big group and look out for them all.
“You read and hear about things like this, but they just don’t happen outside your own home like this.
“Alice was such a lively, bubbly girl.
“Everyone is so shocked by it. We are all thinking of her family.”
Friends of the schoolgirl left flowers, poems and notes at the scene of the freak accident.
One of them, Lauren, wrote: “I will miss you loads. You have been a great friend. And I will never forget you.”
Another said: “We love you always and forever. We’ll miss you. Love, your best friends.”
The fatal incident happened on Monday at 3.20pm in Reinwood recreation ground, just off Millfield Close.
Alice was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary suffering with head injuries but died a short time later.
Only a stump and a scattering of sawdust marked the spot where the tree once stood.
People living nearby described hearing a creak before seeing the tree fall over.
Resident Barbara Jones said: “I don’t know the family but the thoughts of everyone are with them.
“It is such a tragic way to lose a loved one.
“It should never have happened.”
Christine Spencer, headteacher at Salendine Nook High School, said her thoughts were with Alice’s family.
Mrs Spencer said: “When the children come back after half term they will be devastated by the news.
“Alice was such a lovely pupil; a young, sweet girl with a tremendous personality.
“She had lots of friends and was very well-liked by pupils and teachers alike.
“She is going to be greatly missed by all her friends and indeed the staff.
“It is such a tragic accident, one can’t imagine a life being cut short in this way.
“I am sure when the pupils return to school they will want to do something to remember Alice.
“I have spoken to her family to pass on my condolences and on behalf of the school and I have said that we will liaise with them to remember Alice fittingly.”