Tributes have been paid to a teenage motocross competitor who died after falling from his bike.
Joseph Philip Edge, 17, of Charnock Richard, Chorley, suffered severe head injuries in a fall during the opening round of the Great Britain X County (GBXC) competition in the Wyre Forest, Stourport on Severn, last month. He later died from his injuries.
The former Southlands High School pupil has been remembered as a “caring lad”, with a life-long passion for motorbikes.
Mark Fowler, headteacher of Southlands High School, Chorley, said Joseph’s death had hit the school hard.
He said: “Joe was a really lovely lad who worked really well as a team player.
“He had good friends, had good relationships with the staff and was very popular.
“He had a love of his bikes and did very well in practical subjects.
“He will be very sadly missed by us all, and our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time.”
A parade lap in memory of Joseph was organised by GBXC last Sunday. It was held at the opening round of the 2014 Rock Oil XC Championship, at Bicton Farm, near Shrewsbury.
Every rider was on the start line for a parade lap, headed by GBXC organiser Paul Edmondson and Joseph’s father, who rode his son’s bike around the lap.
A spokesman for GBXC said: “It was a moving tribute and it was emotional for many riders.”
Lanterns in his memory were also set off in Charnock Richard Park on Saturday by friends who have set up a dedicated tribute page, RIP Joe Edge, on Facebook.
On the site, Josh Hayes wrote: “Still can’t believe your gone bro, you’ve been on my mind a lot. Been laughing at myself thinking back to school days how me and you were always laughing our heads off. You were the nicest and the most caring lad I knew. R.I.P mate.”
Gabby Warren wrote: “Your family are so strong Joe, keep looking down on them. You’ve gone doing something you loved, and I know your dad is so proud of you with everything you achieved. I’ll always remember you running around the playground at primary school, pretending to be a motorbike! You’ll never be separated from your bike up there, that’s for sure. Rest in peace Joe, such a lovely, talented lad.”
Joseph’s mum, Longton GP Dr Dawn Edge, did not wish to comment yesterday.
Dr John Loudonsack, of Longton Health Centre, where Dr Edge works, said: “The health centre extends its thanks to the many patients who have sent their kind thoughts to Dr Edge.”
The Worcestershire coroner has been informed and an inquest has been opened and adjourned.