A MUM has paid tribute to her ‘truly special’ son who lost his life after a skate park accident.
Greg Richardson, 15, lost his battle for life after the accident on his BMX bike at Morecambe Skate Park.
Elaine Richardson said: “He was our precious son and brother who was loved far more than words can tell, and we can’t describe how much we will miss him.
“He brought great happiness into the lives of everyone who knew him.
“Nothing will bring him back but his memories will last with us forever. There has been so much support from friends. My friends have been amazing under these very difficult circumstances.”
Greg, a pupil at Morecambe High School who lived locally with his family including dad Andrew and sister Gina, was at the park on Sunday, July 8, when the accident happened.
The 15-year-old passed away following a lengthy battle at the Royal Blackburn Hospital on July 19.
The coroner at Preston is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death.
Friends and family hope to establish a permanent memorial to Greg and fund-raising ideas are being discussed.
The skate park, which was built with the backing of a number of local agencies in 2004 and is owned and managed by Lancaster City Council, remains open.
Councillor David Smith, Cabinet member with responsibility for Environmental Services at Lancaster City Council, said: “This is obviously a very distressing time for Greg’s friends and family and the city council would like to extend its sympathies to them. We are cooperating fully with the police in their investigation into this tragic accident.”
Greg’s funeral will take place on Thursday at 4.15pm at Torrisholme Crematorium. A memorial service will be held afterwards at the Globe Arena on Westgate.
Tributes to Greg, who died on July 19, have poured in on the social media sites Facebook and Twitter.
A Facebook page - Greg Richardson RIP Never Forgotten - has been set up and includes the following messages: (sic)
Scott Taylor: “R.I.P Greg you will be missed, i remember all the times we had in lessons getting moved for talking:) i will miss going to the skatepark and going to watch morecambe fc play:) We could always have a laugh and you will be sadly missed. Miss you mate:)”
Laura Jessica Hughes: “in lessons no one ever is gon’ sit in your seat, if there’s a new person I will shout at them bro, don’t worry I got your seat saved!”
Riah Mary Pilling: “Sleep well Greg, everyone will miss you and there’s no doubt you’ll get the send off you deserve. You were a top guy and no one will ever forget you, you’ll always have a place with us and we’ll all meet again someday :) school won’t be the same without you but no one will replace you.”
Jack Pullen (set up the group): “been thinking about you all day pal , knowing ill never see you again is like the worst feeling ever , im going to miss you in maths and pr and english , you was always cheery and happy never seemed to be down , i hope that you are safe and happy up there and i know everyone is missing you , including me and our thoughts are with you and your family , love you pal RIP
“i want you back pal right now , i just want to have one more game of slaps or a couple more games of squares , i want you to tell me all the new parts of your bmx your getting and to here your squeeky but deep voice all i want is too be able to see your big smile and shout ben across the class room to get all 3 of them to turn around or spell words on our calculators, but i know it will never happen but i want it too so bad mate i love you , all i know is youre safe and out of pain RIP pal i promise to try and post everyday just to talk to you”
Fran Parnell: “Still won’t accept you’re gone. It’s too strange, only the other week you were perfectly fine on the geography trip :( will never forget about you. Godbless”
Nichola Borrow: “Rest in Peace Greg, you will be missed and never forgotten, I just can’t get over the fact your gone and not going to be seeing you around school although we wasn’t close I still knew you and have thought about you, your family, sophie and friends all day, sleep tight up there greg”
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