Tributes have been paid to an always-smiling local motorcyclist killed in a fatal crash late last month - with plans for a ride out send off

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13th Sep 2023 | Local News

In memory of Ritchie mourners are being asked to wear funeral attire is bright clothing and trilby hats
In memory of Ritchie mourners are being asked to wear funeral attire is bright clothing and trilby hats

Friends have paid tribute to an 'amazing' local man who would do anything for anyone and are now planning a special send off with motorcyclists invited to join a special funeral procession.

Sixty one year old Ritchie Gilling sadly died on the B3134 in Blagdon, on the evening of August 22 while out on a ride with friends.

He leaves behind two sons Tom and Sam, his fiancé Mary, his mum Christine and siblings Katie, Kerrie and Ralph.

Ritchie's friends describe him as being all-round kind and reliable and always with a smile. The motorcyclist from Peasedown St John was described always happy to be dancing and a " happy soul."

They added ''Ritch never really let anything get to him, he just got on with it. The world is a darker place now Ritchie isn't here.''

His funeral will be on Friday 22nd September at 3.15pm at Haycombe Crematorium at the lower chapel with everyone welcome and if mourners would like, to wear bright clothing and a trilby. Those from the motorcycling community are meeting at Lansdown Park & Ride and setting off at 3pm, to ride to the crematorium.

Police continue to appeal for witnesses to help establish what happened at the accident asking anybody who may have additional information or dashcam footage to get in touch and to call 101 ref 5223203673.


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