Family plants tree in memory of tragic Dhesi brothers

Friends and family gather to plant the tree
Friends and family gather to plant the tree
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Family and friends of two brothers who died in a car crash almost a year ago have planted an oak tree in their memory.

Jay Dhesi, 23, and his brother Rik, 30, died when their car was involved in a collision on the A6 on Sunday, December 30, last year.

On Saturday their parents Bakhtawar, also known as Steve, and mother Amrat Rashpal, held a touching tree-planting ceremony near to the scene of the tragedy.

Watching as the oak tree was planted were the couple’s daughters Sonia and Vicky, as well as other family members and friends of the brothers.

Mr Dhesi, of Irthlingborough, said: “It has been an extremely difficult year but we have had tremendous support from friends and family.

“I come to this spot every Sunday to lay flowers.

“We wanted to plant a tree as a memorial to the boys and a local farmer gave us permission to use land close to where the accident took place.

“We would like to thank him and the local council for giving us permission to plant the tree.

“We picked an oak tree as a symbol of our sons’ strength.”

Jay and Rik were on their way to the Sikh Temple in Kettering, the Sri Guru Singh Sabhu Gurdwara, when the crash happened.

Jay was a talented American football player. He had been coaching Northampton University side Northampton Nemesis, and playing for Peterborough Saxons.

Rik, a delivery driver for FedEx, had a wide circle of friends and the brothers were inseparable.

Hundreds of people lined High Street in Irthlingborough to pay their respects to the brothers when their funeral was held in January this year.

Vicky said: “This place will be special to our family and we will see be seeing the tree grow in our brothers’ absence.”