Memorial skate contest for Ramsbottom teen

Memorial skate contest for Ramsbottom teen

Memorial skate contest for Ramsbottom teen

First published in News

A MEMORIAL skate contest was held in memory of a teenage BMXer who was found hanged.

About 200 skateboarders, scooters and BMXers met at Radcliffe skatepark, in Hutchinson Way, to pay tribute to 16-year-old Dave Hoptroff, who died two years ago.

Dave, a former Woodhey High School pupil, was found hanged at his home in Grant Mews, Ramsbottom, on May 16, 2012.

Friends Kieran James Hill, aged 26, and 17-year-old Joe Forrest, both from Radcliffe, hosted skate contest Davestock in his honour.

Skate shops in Manchester donated prizes for the competition, which featured categories including highest hop on a bike, best trick and best crash.

The event has raised £430 for mental health charity Mind and Kieran said it would become an annual fixture. He said: “Everybody had a really good day, and all the feedback has been so positive. It was a nice warm moment and a great way to remember Dave.

“We decided as it had been a couple of years since Dave’s passing it was time to do something in his memory which would benefit a charity.

“We were just having a laugh with mates when the idea for Davestock came up — so we thought, why not go with it?

“Thanks to everybody who came down.”

Dave spent most nights at Radcliffe skatepark with his girlfriend and friends. There is now a permanent memorial plaque there.

Keiran added: “I knew Dave for 18 months. He was one of those characters you could not miss.”

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