Memorial motorcycle run for Beaminster School pupil

Dorset Echo: AND THEY’RE OFF: Martin Ray starts the bikes off from Barrack Street on their charity run in memory of James Thorner AND THEY’RE OFF: Martin Ray starts the bikes off from Barrack Street on their charity run in memory of James Thorner

THE family of 16-year-old James Thorner finally feel ready to lay him to rest a year after his death.

A fundraising motorcycle run in his memory helped his dad Clive and mum Samantha cope with the anniversary.

The Beamin-ster School pupil was suffering from depression when he jumped off the cliffs at Burton Bradstock on September 26 last year.

His father Clive, of CT Motor-cycles in Bridport, said the anniversary of his death had been the hardest day to face.

But he said having the memorial run on Sunday, September 30, had really helped.

The event was organised by Tiger landlords Graham and Jacqui Taylor and Glen Berrick from the Punch and Judy Bakery.

There was a minute’s silence before the 45 riders set off for their 70-mile round-trip to Compton Abbas airfield.

The money raised will go to Young Minds, the charity helping youngsters suffering from depression and mental health issues Mr Thorner said it would be a comfort to hold a memorial run every year, perhaps choosing different charities.

He said: “Personally I would like to say thank you to the staff of the Tiger and particularly Glen.”

He added: “When we had the anniversary, that was a really bad day. It was awful.

“Now we have got the anniversary of his death out of the way and all the other big anniversaries have gone, his birthday, Mother’s Day, Christmas we are ready to say goodbye and bury his ashes.”

They will do so later this month in the churchyard in Burton Bradstock.

Mr Thorner said: “We wanted somewhere in the village where we can go and visit him.

“At the back of the church it is so beautiful because the sun is there all day, it is a vibrant, lovely, happy place.”

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