FAMILY and colleagues of a fireman killed in an horrific motorbike accident have unveiled a memorial to him.
David Standing, 44, died when his Suzuki GSXR 1000 superbike hit a fence and landed on top of him as he was riding along Quernmore Brow, near Lancaster, last year.
Now the father-of-two has had his memory honoured with the unveiling of a special memorial bench at Hyndburn Community Fire Station.
David, who lived in Russell Street, Accrington, with his partner Zoe, was born in Edinburgh but moved to Accrington with his family as a young boy.
He attended St Nicholas’ Primary School, Church, and St Christopher’s High School, Accrington, before obtaining a mechanic’s apprenticeship after leaving school.
The Blackburn Rovers supporter joined the fire service in 1991 at the age of 28 and worked in Rawtenstall for 10 years before joining Hyndburn Fire Service, where he was a popular member of Blue Watch.
When he wasn’t at work David enjoyed riding his powerful motorbike around the countryside, walking, camping and spending time with his family of son Lee, 18, daughter, Rebecca, 15, and Zoe’s children Cameron, 14, and Jayden, six.
The idea to present the firefighters with a bench came from David’s children.
They decided to give the bench, complete with an engraved plaque, as a thank you to firefighters for arranging and participating in their dad’s funeral.
The bench was presented to David’s Blue Watch colleagues by his family last Saturday.