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Post  greencat on Mon May 27 2013, 00:09

Gail Richards - The Catlass

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On this glorious Bank Holiday weekend we received the terrible news that Gail was involved in a fatal road traffic accident nr Horton-in-Ribbledale.

She was riding alone in her beloved Yorkshire Dales enjoying a beautiful day out and thinking about the TT racing she would not be able to enjoy in person this year.

Gail was one of the early members of the site. She arranged her own informal ride-outs around the Yorkshire Dales and Moors. Everyone was welcome and often these were followed afterwards by a BBQ at Gail's house. She was a big character with a warm heart who welcomed everyone she met and consequently made a big impression on all who met her and we were lucky to spend time in her company. She was passionate about her motorcycling and her cats. A loving mother to her daughter Amber and a good friend to many of us on this site.

She was daft and crazy, dizzy and single-minded, a mother-hen and fiercely independent. There are many stories about Gail, and things that happened on the ride-outs we shared with her, that many of us will remember with great fondness even if they were really annoying at the time! But that was Gail. She was a wonderful human being. And, for those who shared time with her, made us richer and funnier and happier than we could have hoped. We'll miss you Gail. Thanks for all the great times.

Here are some pictures of Gail in happier times. If anyone wishes to add more pictures to this thread, or share a story about Gail, please do.

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Post  robertcains on Mon May 27 2013, 05:07

Nice words Chris & condolences to all of you who were close to her, I knew her only through Facebook via this forum but it was always entertaining to read her exploits, nobody can say Gail didn't live life to the full,
Reading tributes on her fb page it's obvious she was a huge personality. RIP Gail
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Post  mechy69 on Mon May 27 2013, 07:36

Chris,, thankyou for putting into tangible words what i have been thinking and struggling to get out !!, my last messages to gail were about the fact she had lost her voice and wasnt able to do friday nights radiofm show ,,,,
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Post  ellie on Mon May 27 2013, 07:43

Fantastic write up Chris, what a loss to the world of motorbikes, and what a loss to her poor child.

My heart goes out to all those that are touched by this tragic accident.

It's a pity she never knew how well she was thought of.


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Post  funderKat on Mon May 27 2013, 19:48

I remember kipping on Gail's floor after at least one Northern Cats rideout; spending the night being blundered into every so often by her blind cat...

The trauma of the road to Applecross...another particularly memorable trip. But lots of good memories...

A few pics follow - not by me: too good for that - I think that they're ones stolen from Kev or Ross at some point, and hope they don't mind.

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Post  mrfrance on Mon May 27 2013, 20:15

Splendid words, she was clearly well loved and brought a lot of joy to many on here. Very sad loss.
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Post  furball on Mon May 27 2013, 20:30

Thanks for the write up Chris, and the photos (i remember some of those places were they were taken)..

And also to Pete (funderkat) for his photos.

Davie...
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Post  ellie on Mon May 27 2013, 23:02

What a lovely tribute, very touching x
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Post  supernaut on Thu May 30 2013, 04:41

very sincere and moving tribute chris. saw Gail at last years TT. we had a good day on the bikes and as always a good drink and laugh at the night, she was on top form. she was interviewing racers for biker fm and in great spirits.
Gail was always the life and soul of the ride-outs and weekends away on the bikes. she was an excellent rider and great company. I once called her " one of the lads" which she loved and took as the compliment I meant it to be.
very, very, sad loss.
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Post  Dirt Bike Dave on Fri May 31 2013, 20:34

Very well written Chris. I think you have captured all our memories of Gail spot on. We are in Northern Italy in our digs listening to Biker FM via the Internet for Gails tribute show.

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Post  MevsyD on Fri May 31 2013, 21:53

Well written and nice touch.. Well done as well boys in the Alps for listening and getting the message through..
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Post  SteveCat on Wed Jun 12 2013, 18:02

Very nice wording Chris. Sorry I'm rather late in posting, didn't get onto the site whilst away and I've been 'building' myself up to face the threads on Gail. Reading through, I am numb again.

Like to add a few pics I took of Gail at ToL 2007

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Post  Catapulted on Wed Jul 31 2013, 20:08

So sad when I heard of this. I've not been active on the site for some time now, and I wasn't a close friend but I remember Gail really well and shared some good times with her along with many from this site. Who could forget her? She will be sorely missed by anyone who knew her.
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Post  mechy69 on Wed Jul 31 2013, 20:11

Under the circumstances , its still nice to hear from you !!
you have been missed on the rideouts fella !!
Hope your ok ??

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Post  Catapulted on Wed Jul 31 2013, 20:45

mechy69 wrote:Under the circumstances , its still nice to hear from you !!
you have been missed on the rideouts fella !!
Hope your ok ??

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Thanks Pete - I've signed up for TOL so hope to see you there.
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Post  mechy69 on Wed Jul 31 2013, 21:00

excellent ,, will be great to see you
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Post  JAM on Mon Sep 02 2013, 09:26

I've been out of action for a while and haven't been on here for many months, I've been on quite a few rides with Gail.

It's just terrible news, a very sad loss.

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Post  Chocie on Mon Sep 09 2013, 15:44

Hi

I have a pic of Gail which I took for her with Bruce Anstey at the 2012 TT.

Would you like me to dig this out and send it through for your gallery?
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Post  SteveCat on Mon Sep 09 2013, 16:17

That would be nice ... a link to how to post pics [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]if you haven't noticed the howto sticky post.
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Gail With Bruce Anstey @ 2012 TT

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Post  SteveCat on Fri May 23 2014, 12:45

The anniversary of Gail's passing is this Sunday.

Some may have heard or read of the dedication (sent in by some of us whilst in Italy) on her tribute show.

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Post  kwakkat on Fri May 23 2014, 15:54

a year ago this sunday we all miss ya lass
xxxxx pete & fred
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Post  Lonterra on Fri May 23 2014, 16:09

I'll be raising a glass this Sunday.

Sorely missed x x
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Post  0ldcat on Fri May 23 2014, 19:08

With fond and loving memories . . .

We miss you
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