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A pair of Lincoln mums have created a company and teamed up with a school choir to release a song helping children to keep safe in the water.

Steph Wilson and Rachael Ladd came up with the idea after seeing a spate of drowning incidents over the course of last summer, and they felt that key water safety messages were needed to prevent incidents like this from happening.

They formed SWiRL Global together in 2020 and are now campaigning for greater access to aquatics for young people, as well as promoting safety in the water.

SWiRL Global promotes inclusion and community in aquatics, as well as safety. | Photo: SWiRL Global

Steph is a former swim teacher herself and had the idea of creating a song that could help children remember the key to staying safe when in water.

The pair worked with Lincoln Minster school head of music Caroline Wilkinson to make the tune accessible for children while also raising money for the community.

All funds raised from SWiRL goes towards swim lessons for the community. | Photo: SWiRL Global

The song, called ‘5 Little Pirates’, has a catchy nursery rhyme style to make it memorable, and teaches younger children to roll over and float should they fall in the water.

It features the Lincoln Minster school choir on vocals and is available to stream or download on most digital platforms now, with every penny raised going towards swimming lessons in the local community.

SWiRL co-founders Steph Wilson and Rachael Ladd. | Photo: SWiRL Global

Steph says: “I’d had the song for a while and used to sing it in lessons, in the office, and even during a zoom call with the head of the RNLI.”

Caroline Wilkinson, head of music at Lincoln Minster, said: “What a pleasure it was to be asked to provide the vocals parts for this project. The Lincoln Minster choir did a great job as always.”

As well as the song, SWiRL will also raise money by selling unique items such as swim robes and swimming aids on their website shop.

The family of a much-loved biker who died in a crash on the A46 near Lincoln are urging as many bikers as possible to join his funeral procession later this month.

Damian ‘Damo’ Buckle, 36, died after his motorbike was involved in a collision with a van on the A46, near Dunholme, at around 2.50pm on Friday, August 13.

Damo’s sister Lisa Mellor contacted The Lincolnite to help get as many bikers as possible for his final ride. She said the meeting place will be Ruston Sports & Social Club at 9.40am on Wednesday, September 22, with a procession of bikers following to Lincoln Crematorium.

Damian loved his motorbike and Guy Martin was his idol. | Photo: Submitted by family

Lisa said: “Damian was a well loved brother, son, dad and friends to so many. Damian had a heart of gold and helped a lot of people.

“He raised money for mental health charities and others. He loved his bike and ‘Willy’ [Willingham] Woods deeply and doted on his two boys.

“He has left such a big gap in our family and will be forever missed. Our hearts are broken.”

Damian with his mum Julie. | Photo: Submitted by family

Damian (centre) with his family – Claire Buckle (sister), Julie Mellor (mum), Lisa Mellor (sister), Sarah Buckle (sister). | Photo: Submitted

Friends, including fellow Lincoln strongman Dave Johnson, and Damo’s family previously paid tribute to the 36-year-old.

Damo’s long-term partner Kim Knott, who he shared one-year-old Theo-James with, described him as “the happiest, most laid-back guy you could ever wish to meet”. Damian also leaves a ten-year-old son, his mother, step dad and three sisters.

Kim said: “He was the happiest, most laid-back guy you could ever wish to meet, and would do anything for anyone who needed it. He helped a man he’d never met push his bike all the way to a garage once when he saw him with a puncture.

“When we met, he made me realise that there was more to me and my life than I was living, and changed me into the person I am today. He gave advice and talked to you. That was just the kind of person he was.”

Damian was popular among his biker friends. | Photo: Submitted

A static car/bike meet was held in Damo’s honour during the evening Saturday, August 21. A large group of people gathered for the memorial, but the event was tarnished by cars crashing into spectators. Four people are understood to still be fighting for their lives, including a man who was in an induced coma and has since been moved to the high dependency unit.

A young woman killed in a crash on the Lincoln Eastern Bypass has been named as Rosemary Earle from Cranwell Village, near Sleaford.

The inquest hearing at Lincolnshire Coroners’ Court heard how Rosemary, 28, died from a head injury, pending further tests, after a crash involving her car and a van, between the Branston and Bracebridge Heath roundabouts at about 4.30am on September 3.

Lincolnshire Police say the investigation into the circumstances of the crash is still ongoing, and they have not made any arrests.

If you have any information that may help police, call 101 or email [email protected] using incident 43 of September 3 as a reference.

The inquest was adjourned until March 3, 2022

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