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Jamie's pals restore his memorial

PUBLISHED: 15:36 08 October 2008 | UPDATED: 10:09 23 August 2010

FRIENDS and family of a teenager who died after his moped collided with a lorry have restored his memorial that was destroyed by vandals. The tribute to Jamie Gooda, 17, of Wilberforce Way, Gravesend, was attacked overnight on September 28, as exclusivel

FRIENDS and family of a teenager who died after his moped collided with a lorry have restored his memorial that was destroyed by vandals.

The tribute to Jamie Gooda, 17, of Wilberforce Way, Gravesend, was attacked overnight on September 28, as exclusively revealed in the Reporter.

Vandals burnt flowers and banners and photos of the popular teenager were destroyed. His trademark Nike baseball cap was also taken.

Since the incident, those that knew him have been working hard to restore the site, attaching new pictures, leaving written tributes and laying flowers.

More than 50 of his friends and family met at the site last Monday night, where more tributes were left.

Mr Gooda's mother, Sharon Gooda, 42, said: "I am very, very pleased with what his friends have done. It was awful what happened, but they have worked so hard to get it back how it was before, and they have probably made it a bit better than it was before.

"The next stage is to get a proper memorial left here for Jamie."

The teenager, a former Meopham School pupil was killed in the crash at the old A2 by Hever Court Road, Gravesend in June.

Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of the former Meopham School pupil in the same month, with 50 mopeds following his hearse to the church.

Father Mark Gooda, 44, said: "What they have done here is absolutely brilliant. It was devastating to find out that it had been destroyed, but it great that his friends have all pulled together and done something like this."

His brother, Dan Gooda, who discovered the destroyed memorial, added: "I am very happy. It's so much better, and what everyone has done is something else.

"We will carry on adding to it, every time we come up here. It is always a place to go where we can remember him."

ed.riley@archant.co.uk

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