TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular and much-loved Farnworth schoolboy — after his tragic death at a country park.

Adam Kay was found in the River Irwell on Tuesday following a large scale search for the 14-year-old at Clifton Country Park in Salford.

The teenager had last been seen entering the river near the park on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 2. 

His disappearance sparked a huge response from emergency services with the park being evacuated and a massive search operation getting underway at around 3.30pm. 

Tragically the boy’s body was found by underwater search teams a short time later.

It is believed he got into difficulties after going into in the water and Greater Manchester Police confirmed they were not treating his death as suspicious.

Adam, a pupil at Harper Green School in Farnworth, was described by his teachers as a “good friend to many” and a “popular student”.

Headteacher Stephen Gribbon said yesterday: “Adam was a popular student and I know that he was a good friend to many of you. On behalf of the entire Harper Green community we offer our condolences and support to Adam’s family and friends. Adam only joined our school this year, but he very soon became popular due to his kind nature.

“Adam always had a smile on his face and his boundless energy was infectious. In school Adam was always laughing and joking with his friends and had time for everyone. Adam’s innate ability to befriend anyone that had the pleasure to meet him meant that people liked being around him and the loss of such a young and charismatic individual will affect so many people.”

Deputy Headteacher Sally Heppenstall added: “I will remember Adam for his infectious laugh. He would spend breaks and lunchtimes on the yard and in the year team with his close group of friends laughing and joking around. He was a loyal friend whose tragic passing will affect so many.”

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and Bolton South East MP Yasmin Qureshi also tweeted their condolences. 

Adam’s sister, Jessica, posted a tribute to her younger brother online.

She said: “Words can’t describe how heartbroken I am right now. I’m not the only one who will say this but I’m gonna miss you so much — you being annoying, winding me up and your laugh. You were an amazing uncle and my babies will always know who their uncle is and how much of a clown you were. Love you millions, R.I.P Adam. Say hi to dad for me, love you both.”