Gath­er­ing in mem­ory of biker

Friends and fam­ily will meet at site of fa­tal crash in trib­ute to 20-year-old

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Dreadful Secret Of Reed Pond -

A me­mo­rial is due to be held this evening (Thurs­day) to hon­our the life of a man killed when his mo­tor­bike hit a tree at Herne Com­mon.

Jack Whichello, 20, died at the scene of the crash on the Can­ter­bury Road, Herne Com­mon, at about 3.30pm on Sun­day.

Friends and fam­ily will gather to pay trib­ute to the for­mer Mid­Kent Col­lege stu­dent and lay flow­ers or me­mo­rial items at the site where he lost his life.

Mourn­ers are asked to meet at the First and Last pub from 6.15pm with flow­ers be­ing laid at 6.30pm, when the road will be closed briefly.

Leav­ing a trib­ute on Face­book, Selina Whichello said: “It’s with great sad­ness and re­gret to in­form our friends and fam­ily that our beloved son, step­son, brother and grand­son Jack Whichello was taken from us Sun­day af­ter­noon.

“He leaves an empty hole in our hearts, but we be­lieve through the help of our friends and fam­ily we will be united as one and be strong to­gether, he will be greatly missed.”

More than 100 peo­ple are ex­pected to at­tend the event for the young biker from Gilling­ham, who died “do­ing what he loved most”.

His fam­ily say Mr Whichello had many friends and that they are hold­ing the me­mo­rial gath­er­ing to pay re­spects “to his ful­filled life”.

His sis­ter Han­nah said they have asked peo­ple to lay ob­jects that he would have liked.

She added: “About 200 peo­ple are at­tend­ing and also a bike con­voy will be at­tend­ing full of all his biker friends.” A Face­book page has been set up – Jack Whichello’s me­mo­rial gath­er­ing – to let peo­ple know about the event.

His dad Paul wrote: “I have had lovely mes­sages from the neigh­bours that helped Jack im­me­di­ately af­ter his crash, in­clud­ing the land­lord of the pub. All have said that Jack had peo­ple around him try­ing their best to save him and ev­ery one of them has been deeply up­set by the ac­ci­dent.

“While on Thurs­day we are re­mem­ber­ing Jack, may I ask we also spare a thought to the kind peo­ple who de­spite not know­ing Jack tried in vain to save him.”

The A291 Can­ter­bury Road was shut in both di­rec­tions af­ter the in­ci­dent, be­tween Cur­tis Wood Road and Bushey­fields Road.

Mr Whichello was pro­nounced dead at the scene. No other ve­hi­cles were in­volved. He was head­ing to­wards Can­ter­bury.

Jack Whichello, who died when his mo­tor­bike hit a tree at Herne Com­mon; the air am­bu­lance landed nearby

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