Ben Gautrey's life commemorated

A memorial bench in memory of Ben Gautrey has been installed in Churchtown, just outside St Cuthbert's Church, where Ben is buried.

Councillors joined Ben's family and friends to declare the bench 'open'
Ben lost his life last year, doing what he loved most - motorcycle racing. Ben, who was just 18 when he died, had been a pupil at Marshside Primary and Stanley High schools. As well as motorcycling, Ben was a talented cricketer. He had just started studying engineering.

A charity was set up by Ben's mum, Lorraine, in his memory. The Benjamin Gautrey Foundation has raised many thousands of pounds already.

You can find out more about Ben and the Benjamin Gautrey Foundation here.