Inquest opens into Wes’s death

Wes Herat

Wes Herat

The inquest into the death of Longwell Green man Wes Herat opened yesterday (19th February).

The 22-year-old pub manager was riding his motorbike when he was in a collision on the A431 at Kelston last month. He died at the scene.

Wes, of Ferndale Avenue, and who went to Hanham High School and Oxford Brookes University, was on his way home from a late shift at The Salamander pub in Bath when the accident happened.

The coroner adjourned the inquest until 21st May.

Meanwhile Hanham Cricket Club has paid tribute to their former player. In a statement, the club said: “Wes was a very popular member, having played in the youth section for a number of years.

“Whilst at school Wes turned out regularly for Hanham Cricket Club, joining at U11 level and moving up through all the Youth Section age groups to U17s. He enjoyed life, never taking things too seriously and this was reflected in his style of cricket. Wes was most renowned for his languid style of off-spin bowling….Wes’s move to Oxford took him away from Hanham Cricket Club but he continued to play. His squad number for the team was 24 and he joked that made him 12th man for the reserves.

“He returned to Bristol recently and threatened to turn out for the senior sides this summer. Sadly, he didn’t live to fulfil that ambition but he did leave a lasting legacy. Those of you who met Wes will have known him to be a cheerful personable guy with a laid-back approach to life. He will be greatly missed.”

Wes also played bass in local punk band TLi and there have been tributes to him on Facebook. Band mates Jack Higgins and Emily Witham said: “As well as being a band mate, he was like a brother, a companion and so, so much more.”

Wes’s funeral took place on Monday at Haycombe in Bath, followed by a wake at the Fry Club in Keynsham. He leaves parents, Anne and Anil, and a younger brother, Nathan.