Ribchester residents came out in force for torchlight vigil

Dean Dewhurst
Dean Dewhurst
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The funeral for a much-loved and popular Ribchester man who died tragically in a car crash will be held on Friday.

Hundreds of people have already turned out in force for a torchlight vigil in tribute to 28-year-old Dean Dewhurst.

Long standing friend Chris Byrne said of the vigil, held on the banks of the River Ribble at Ribchester on Friday night: ”What an unbelievable spectacle for such a special person. The whole community came out in force.

“What we witnessed was something very unique. Just a show of true love for one individual who touched so many lives in a positive way.

“No-one had any bad words about Deano.”

Barman Dean died at the scene after his silver Volkswagen Golf was involved in a collision with a lorry on Whalley Road, Clitheroe on September 26.

Dean is said to have “left a lasting impression on everyone he met” and his loss has saddened and shocked the tight-knit village community. Grieving friends have left heartfelt tributes and flowers at the accident scene. One poignant message reads: “You are an absolute legend. Thank you for all the memories. Gone but not forgotten.” Meanwhile, hundreds of loved ones, friends and wellwishers have chosen to place their tributes online.

Dean attended Ribchester St Wilfrid’s Primary School and Longridge St Cecilia’s High School. He had spent several years living in New Zealand and travelling to Australia and Thailand. The qualified electrician returned to England six months ago and was working as a barman at The Derby Arms, Thornley. In his spare time, Dean was also a coach and player for Ribchester Rovers Football Club.

The funeral and interment will be at SS Peter and Paul’s RC Church, Ribchester, at 2pm. It will be family flowers, but donations may be made to Ribchester Football Club.