Tribute cycle ride in memory of tragic teen Josh Dale
A CYCLE ride will be held tomorrow in memory of popular teenager Josh Dale, who died last month after a road accident.
Josh was riding his bike in Mile End Road, off the A612 in Colwick, on January 13 when he was in collision with a car. He fell into a coma and died in the early hours of January 24 in the Queen's Medical Centre.
Tributes have been paid to the 14-year-old by friends, family and teachers at Carlton le Willows Academy.
Tomorrow, a group of his friends have organised a memorial cycle ride around Colwick Park, off River Road.
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The event will also raise money for the Dale family.
One of those helping to organise it is Sue Fowler, 43, of Valeside Gardens, Colwick.
She said: "We want as many people as possible to turn up.
"We are doing this in memory of Josh, who loved to cycle.
"Children and adults are welcome to cycle. The plan is to pedal right the way round the park, which is a good two or three miles."
Her daughter, 17-year-old Nakita Fowler, is making headway in pursuing a dream held by Josh – to create a skate park in Colwick.
She has set up a meeting with Colwick Parish Council later this month, and is in discussions with planning officers at Gedling Borough Council.
Poet and parish councillor Joy James, 72, of Colwick Park Close, said she could remember Josh visiting the council to ask for a skate park.
She said: "It must have taken a lot of courage to sit in the meeting and ask for a skate park.
"We did try and take up his request but we struggled to get funding. I remember him coming into the meeting a few years ago. We were very impressed.
"If people try again for a skate park, I hope we are more successful in getting some cash."
Natalie said: "Carlton le Willows School have said they will help out with fundraising activities, so we need to get together and organise some events.
"I have always remembered Josh since primary school. I was a few years above him, he was just such a lovely lad."
The cycle ride will start at 11am. It is free to take part but people are invited to make a donation.