FRIENDS of a young Portsmouth woman who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident are holding a memorial gathering to celebrate her life.
Jessica Ellis, 23, was a pillion passenger on a motorbike ridden by her boyfriend Julian ‘Jules’ Farley, 25, when it was involved in a collision on the A339 between Basingstoke and Alton shortly after 6.30pm on Saturday.
Police are investigating why they lost control of the Triumph motorcycle and collided with a road sign.
The couple, from in Tudor Crescent, Portsmouth, were both declared dead at the scene.
The tragedy has led to Jessica’s friend Briony Mcnamara organising a get-together for friends and those who knew her at The Dolphin pub in Old Portsmouth from 2pm on Saturday.
She said: ‘The day is for anyone who knows Jess who wants to come along. There’s a lot of people that I don’t know that would like to go that cannot make the funeral.
‘There will be a book that people can write in that I will read out at the funeral and then give to her family.
‘It’s a kind of celebration and a nice way to remember Jess.
‘It’s for people who want to say goodbye.’
Jessica’s parents Tony and Sharon Ellis paid tribute to their daughter, describing her as their ‘wonderful free-spirited child’.
They said: ‘She was generous of heart and kind in nature.
‘Jessica was vivid and vital and added sunshine to a grey day. She had so much left to give.
‘She is loved by so many and will leave a gaping chasm in the lives of her family. She will be remembered by those who love with joy and smiles.’
Police are appealing for the driver of a blue vehicle, believed to be travelling in front of the couple towards Alton at the time of the incident to come forward as they may have information that could help officers investigating the crash.
Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to call PC Nick Barman at Farnborough Roads Policing Unit on 101, quoting Operation Apsley.