PHOTOS: Memorial marks tragic James’s 18th birthday

Mel and Pete Goodship should have spent the weekend with their son celebrating his 18th birthday and Mother’s Day.

Instead the duo were faced with attending the official opening of their popular and bubbly boy’s memorial garden.

James Goodship died in June, aged just 17, after drowning in Lake Burwain, Foulridge.

Following his sudden death, the community rallied round raising funds, and on Saturday a garden next to Colne Citadel was opened in his memory.

Mel (41) said: “The weekend has been a rollercoaster of emotions, with James’ birthday, opening the memorial garden, and Mother’s Day as well.

“But the opening went really well, and about 60 to 70 people came throughout the day to show their support.

Mel and Pete Goodship and Newsreader for 2BR, Sarah Collins, officially open the James Goodship Memorial Garden on Market Place, Colne.

Mel and Pete Goodship and Newsreader for 2BR, Sarah Collins, officially open the James Goodship Memorial Garden on Market Place, Colne.

“There was face painting, nail painting, crafts and refreshments inside, so there was something for the younger children to do as well. It was officially opened by Sarah Collins, from 2BR.

“Everybody seemed to like what we had managed to put together in memory of James. We popped down on Sunday and people were using the garden, which is what we want to see.

“We have been keeping ourselves so busy with it, and kept our minds so occupied, that we are left wondering what to do next.”

Mel is hoping that the rest of the money in the James Goodship Memorial Fund can be spent on life-saving equipment, to put around the Foulridge reservoir.

We have been keeping ourselves so busy with it, and kept our minds so occupied, that we are left wondering what to do next

Mum Mel Goodship

She added: “With the funds, we wanted to get a headstone, the garden and life-saving equipment.

“We don’t know how feasible it is but if we can get the life-saving equipment by James’ first anniversary that will be everything ticked off then.”