Astbury Mere Country Park: Dev Patel 1982 – 2014

Astbury Mere near Congleton is a great spot to call in for a walk.  Run by local volunteers, Astbury Mere has a visitor centre, a car park and a good short path of one mile around the mere.  There is really no excuse not to visit.  This is the site of a former sand quarry which stopped production in the 1980s.  When the quarrying stopped local people fought to have access to the land.  They now manage the country park and do a wonderful job of encouraging wildlife and visitors.

On our last visit in 2017 I found this memorial bench to Dev Patel which has a lovely view across the water.  I wanted to know more about Dev Patel’s story and why he died so young.

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Overlooking Astbury Mere

Dev (or Devish) Patel sadly died in 2014 after crashing while riding his motorbike.  His wife Becx describes him as an ‘… Amazing man with a kind soul.’  From my research it is clear that Dev Patel is very much loved and missed by his family and friends.  Dev Patel was a keen motorcyclist and loved his Honda Blade motorbike, hence the ‘Ride in Peace’ epitaph on the bench.  I was moved by the tributes to Dev Patel and also honoured to discover this memorial bench.

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Dev Patel 1982 – 2014 Ride in Peace You will always be remembered


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