TWO promising young jockeys will be remembered this week on the fifth anniversary of their deaths.
Jamie Kyne, who was 18, and 19-year-old Jan Wilson died in a fire at Buckrose Court in Church Street, Norton, on September 5, 2009.
Peter Clark, from The Churches in Southern Ryedale (CTSR), said they were continuing to offer support to those involved in the incident.
“I have first-hand accounts of how the survivors of the tragic blaze have moved forward in their recovery, new relationships and with children,” he said.
“I also know how other members of the Malton and Norton community were deeply affected by the event and feelings have been expressed that there needs to be some form of public recognition of the anniversary and its place in the life of one of Ryedale’s most noted industries.
“To the rear of the Derwent Arms, which serves a major social need of the racing and stable staff, there is a bench which carries a tribute to Jamie and Jan and each year it becomes a focus of commemoration and remembrance with flowers being attached and drinks being shared on and around it.
“The same ritual will occur again on the lunchtime of Friday from about 12.30pm.”
Parishioners at St Leonard and St Mary’s RC Church, in Malton, where the funeral of Jamie took place, were also reminded of the event by parish priest Father Tim Bywater at services last weekend.
He spoke of the “dreadful scar” that the tragedy had left before prayers were said for the two, relatives and friends. A lasting tribute to the two jockeys has moved a step closer with work starting on a property in Old Maltongate, Malton.
The charity Racing Welfare is renovating the building to provide safe, supported accommodation for young stable staff in the area.
Some of the funds for the development were donated after the deaths of Jamie and Jan.
A spokesman for Racing Welfare said work on the property had started last month and was expected to be completed early next year.
“We are delighted that the project is off the ground and we are looking forward to the facility being completed,” he said.
“It will be a great benefit to the racing community in the area.”