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East Lancashire scooter group in tribute plea to former members
BIKERS are appealing for help to complete a lasting tribute to former club members and scooter riders.
Members of the former Screaming Dead scooter club, once one of the biggest scooter social groups in the North West, raised £1,500 for a bench in honour of two members, Tony ‘Midge’ Jones and Paul Hollyhead, who passed away after the group disbanded.
Mr Jones was a life-long Darrener who died in his sleep leaving behind three children.
Mr Hollyhead was killed in an accident while leaving the motorway at the Whitebirk roundabout in Blackburn.
Former members are now looking for a stonemason who can create a memorial plaque at a discounted rate so that they will be able to donate more of the money to Mr Jones’s teenage children.
The Darwen club, which was active for 30 years and had about 100 members in its hey day in the 1980s, raised the funds after a reunion.
It became the East Lancashire Scooter Association after splitting up in the 1990s.
Local councillor and longtime chairman of the club, Trevor Maxfield, helped them to find a suitable piece of land at Newrad Fisheries in the town where the bench has been installed.
Redy Ashworth, one of Tony’s closest friends and club member who has since set up the Pogue Mahone club, said: “The pair were good friends to many and long standing members of the Screaming Dead club so we felt it was fitting that they were commemorated.
“It was a very close-knit group and although we disbanded several years ago, we have all remained firm friends.
“We would be very grateful for any stonemasons willing to arrange its creation at a discounted price due to the huge significance it would have for the group and so that we can secure as much money as possible for Tony’s sons.”
Coun Maxfield said: “The bench looks really good and is a fitting tribute to much-missed friends and former riders.”
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