Soldier’s bike art tribute to fallen pals

Some of the artwork adorning Sgt Rick Clement's quad bike. Artist Fiona Foster.
Some of the artwork adorning Sgt Rick Clement's quad bike. Artist Fiona Foster.
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Amazing artwork commemorating the lives of four soldiers who died in Afghanistan is set to take pride of place on a quad bike.

The artwork was commissioned by Sgt Rick Clement, who lost both his legs while serving in Afghanistan in 2010 and has since founded the charity A Soldier’s Journey.

The art, which features caricatures of four of Sgt Clement’s comrades from the Duke of Lancaster’s regiment who died in the conflict, was made for free after Carlisle-based paintwork company Air Devils heard about his story.

Among those depicted on the work is Sgt Nigel Coupe, from St Annes, who was killed in March last year aged just 33.

Sgt Clement, from South Shore, said: “It looks like someone’s taken photographs of them, it’s amazing.

“I know some of the guys’ families think it’s amazing too and some of them are going to come and visit to have a look at it.”

Images of Rick and military poetry also adorn the design.

Artist Fiona Foster, who painted the piece, said: “We were so moved by him and his story, he’s an amazing man.

“I hope it’ll really help boost its charity because it’s an honour for us to be friends with him.”

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