THE niece of a popular fireman killed in a motorbike crash has paid tribute to him – by having a poem tattooed across her back.
Dave Standing, 44, of Russell Street, Accrington, died earlier this year while riding his Suzuki CSXR 1000 along Quernmore Brow near Lancaster.
The bike hit a fence, careered into a field and landed on top of him. It is thought he lost control of it while negotiating a left-hand bend.
Mr Standing, who had worked at Accrington and Hyndburn Fire Stations for more than 16 years, left two children Lee, 18, and Rebecca, 15.
At the time, his 19-year-old niece Rachel Whittaker penned an emotional poem in tribute to him.
And now Rachel, of Clement Street, Accrington, is having the words tattooed across her back as a reminder of their close relationship.
It is being done by a friend at a tattoo parlour in Blackburn.
Rachel said: "So far I have had the first verse done and I am now waiting to have the second one to finish the poem.
"I had Dave’s initials tattooed on my neck but it was looking a bit bare by itself so I decided to have the poem put on my back. As it’s there, no-one can really see it but it’s very personal to me.
"It is an appropriate tribute as Dave used to have quite a few tattoos and I have quite a few.
"He used to ask me when I saw him if I’d got any new ones.
"It has been pretty painful, as you can imagine. Having a tattoo that size certainly doesn’t tickle. But it will be worth it once it’s finished.
"The last few weeks have been tough but things get easier as you go along."
Keen Blackburn Rovers fan Mr Standing was not a member of any motorcycle groups but would attend rallies with Accrington Motorcycle Club.