Tributes have been paid to a much-loved Chester teenager who lost his battle with cancer last week.

Aidan Carroll, a popular former pupil of Bishops’ Blue Coat High School, passed away just days after his 17th birthday from Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare children’s cancer that started with a small tumour on his foot before spreading to his lungs.

He had been battling the disease for a year before he died peacefully at home on December 13 with his family around him.

The school’s interim headteacher Peter Coates issued a special statement to pupils about Aidan, who was affectionately known as a ‘cheeky chappy’, in which he described him as an ‘incredibly brave’ young man.

“It is with sadness that I need to bring you some news of a former student of our school, Aidan Carroll,” he said. “He fought an incredibly brave battle with an impressive resilience and we were astonished to find him attending school during his weeks of recovery between spells in Alder Hey.

“At this year's summer ball he had an amazing evening where he was full of energy, he danced energetically and he was crowned Prom King. He never let his illness get to him,” added Mr Coates.

A moment of silence was held at the school for pupils and staff to reflect on the loss of Aidan and his friends have set up a Facebook page, Remembering Aidan Carroll, for those who loved him to leave tributes.