Garden memorial to tragic James Goodship ready to open

SHOWING SUPPORT: Friends of James Goodship, who drowned in Lake Burwain, in Foulridge, hug James' dad Pete (S)
SHOWING SUPPORT: Friends of James Goodship, who drowned in Lake Burwain, in Foulridge, hug James' dad Pete (S)

Friends and family of a teenager who drowned in Foulridge have joined forces to put the finishing touches to his memorial garden.

Between 30 and 40 people gathered at the land, next to Colne Citadel, in memory of James Goodship, who died in June.

The garden will open on Saturday, the day after what would have been the former Park High School student’s 18th birthday.

His mum Mel Goodship (41) said: “It went really well, and there were lots of people who turned up to help and support us. A lot of James’ friends were there, and a few parents came along as well.

“There has been such a transformation this weekend. Everybody just got stuck in, and once again it was overwhelming to see the community working together.

“It was great that Naz [Alam] and Colin [Bean] were able to come and photograph it for us as well.”

HARD AT WORK: Mel Goodship helps put the finishing touches to her son's memorial garden (S)

HARD AT WORK: Mel Goodship helps put the finishing touches to her son's memorial garden (S)

James Goodship

James Goodship