CHRISTLETON High School students have put pedal power behind a project in memory of a classmate killed in an accident last year.
Twelve-year old Josh Easton was killed in October 2008 when he was involved in a collision with a van whilst riding his bike near the junction of Green Lane and Tarvin Road.
Josh, a talented guitarist and footballer, loved cycling and school sports co-ordinator Judith Gilmore, has organised three bike-related events for his fellow pupils in Year 7.
The first activity was a bike safety and maintenance workshop with Chester and Cheshire West’s community sports co-ordinator Ian Tordoff and experts from The Bike Factory in Boughton.
Josh’s parents Steve and Jo have worked closely with Judith Gilmore on the project which takes place after school.
Steve said: “It’s brilliant. Judith has been such a driving force behind it - she’s 100% committed.
“The more knowledge out there the better especially when it comes to bike maintenance.
“Josh and his mates were always around here mending their bikes.”
The next workshop, on June 2, will be on safe routes to school with a member of the Chester Road Safety team.
Steve added: “I think that the plan is to pilot the project at Christleton and then if it is successful it may be rolled out to other schools.”
The project will culminate in a bike trial at the school on Tuesday, June 16, when Steve and Jo will present the Joshua Easton cup to the winner of the timed race.
This is the second award in memory of the talented youngster. Josh’s former primary school Cherry Grove set up the Joshua Easton Music Award which is given to talented music students at the school.