HUNDREDS of people turned out for a vigil on a beach for two 17-year-old friends who died in a car crash.

Reigan Knight and Liam Phillips died after the car they were travelling in hit a BMW and then a wall at the junction of Southsea Avenue and Glendale Gardens, in Leigh, in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Friends and family organised the ‘send-off’ event at Bell Wharf beach in Leigh on Thursday night, which saw about 300 people turn up to set off fireworks and lanterns.

Liam’s aunt, Linda Beer, thanked the pair’s friends for organising the event.

She said: “To Chloe, Dominika, Morgan and everyone who travelled to this lovely send off.

“Thank you on behalf of Cindy, Neal and our family near and far for arranging this tribute for my nephew Liam and his best friend Reigan.

“It was just absolutely beautiful and overwhelming to see so, so many people paying their respects.”

Daniel Morgan said: “Tonight was beautiful, I’m glad we all came together to give them the send-off they deserved. The people who helped organize this should be proud, I know Liam and Reggy are.”

Dominika Siemienczuk said: “Thank you to all that have showed up tonight and thank you to those who couldn't turn up but lit candles at home etc.

“It was such a lovely send off for the boys, the amount of love was shown tonight by everyone was unbelievable.

“I want to thank the families that have lost the beautiful souls of these two boys and still managed to come tonight as I know it must have been very hard.

“Both boys where such lovely kind hearted boys that deserve everything.

“It's sad that at such a young age boys that have the heart of gold are being taken away from us. “All we could do now is support each other in this sad occasion and pray for two beautiful angels up in heaven.”