Tributes to Luke Burton, the popular Filey 23-year-old whose funeral takes place on Friday

Tributes have poured in from family and friends for much-loved 23-year-old Luke Burton, who was killed in a motorbike accident and whose funeral takes place tomorrow.

Thursday, 30th July 2020, 5:12 pm
Updated Thursday, 30th July 2020, 5:16 pm
Luke Burton

Luke, who grew up in Filey, died when his motorbike and a double decker bus collided outside Blue Dolphin holiday park.

His father Brett, who was riding in front of his son when the accident happened, said Luke’s death “has brought Filey to its knees”.

“People just can’t believe it,” said Mr Burton.

“It makes me so proud that he was so well-loved. He was just amazing. His heart was massive. He always made the most of everything. He lived his life to the full and more.

“He was outgoing and if he put his mind to something, he would get that done. He was brilliant. He was just a diamond.”

Luke grew up in Filey with Mr Burton, mum Ann-Marie Taylor and his four sisters – Nicole, Jessica, Lily and Gracie.

He followed in his father’s footsteps to work on offshore oil rigs where he had a promising career ahead of him.

Also like Mr Burton, he was a volunteer crewman for Filey RNLI for several years.

Filey RNLI press officer John Ward said: “He was a very good and popular crew member.

“He always had a smile on his face and he had that banter and wit that he could respond to anything,”

Luke played for Filey Town FC and Filey Cricket Club and was a keen supporter of both clubs.

Mr Burton said Luke enjoyed spending time at Filey Sports Club with his family and friends.

His cousin Matthew Dickens said: “He was one of the loveliest lads I’ve ever met.

“He was always the first one on the dance floor and the last one off it. He was always cracking jokes and always smiling.

“You always wanted him to be there because you knew you’d have a good time if he was.”

David Brannan, captain of Filey Cricket Club, said: “Luke was always making people laugh and was the life and soul of a party.”

Stephen Eblet, who helped run a children’s football club where Luke used to play, said: “He was a character. He had a jovial, friendly and bubbly personality that is gifted to so few.

“I knew him as a friendly and popular lad, who was loyal to his friends and wouldn’t hurt a fly.

“Whenever our paths did cross and we had a little chat or a bit of banter, he made me leave him with a smile, a grin or plain laughter, every single time.

“ I don’t know of many people who can do that. RIP Luke Burton. You sure made many people smile.”

Many of Luke’s loved ones gathered at Filey Sports Club on Saturday to celebrate his life.

Luke’s funeral will take place tomorrow at East Riding Crematorium in Octon at 3.30pm. At 2.45pm, he will be taken along the seafront at Filey, stopping briefly at

Filey Lifeboat Station, before heading to Octon.

Because of coronavirus restrictions, only 30 people are permitted to attend the funeral but his family have arranged for the service to be broadcast online.

After the service, Luke’s family will be going to Filey Sports Club on Clarence Drive. His parents are inviting everyone who knew him to join them there, outside and social distancing, in a celebration of Luke’s amazing life.

An online fundraiser launched by Luke’s parents in his memory has been flooded with donations.

The collection has already soared above its initial £500 target, so far collecting almost £7,000.

The money raised will go towards the restoration of Filey Sports Club, where Luke loved spending time with his family and friends.

To donate, visit HERE.

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