THE passing of Laidman Stones on April 30 ended a long connection with motor cycle trials sport in the Richmond area parishes, writes Barry Robinson.

William Laidman Stones was a trials enthusiast and competitor. Born in Arkengarthdale, his love of motor cycles and in particular trials started at a very young age.

He competed in the Scott Trial in 1973 and 1975. In later years he observed at the famous Washfold section at Hurst for Darlington Motor Club who then ran the Scott Trial. Laidman and his team also manned the petrol stops one and six in the Scott Trial as well as observing at the Reeth Three Day and the Mintex Youth Trial.

During his riding career Laidman used to look forward to the Alston two day trial, as he said the banter in the pub was as good as the trial.

Laidman also used to look forward to the Scottish pre 65 to watch the trial and have an enjoyable weekend with his good friend Ray Sayer.

His greatest moments were watching his son Nathan compete in several Scott

Trials and also witnessing his grandson James win the Reeth Three Day Trial, and finish third in the Scott Trial, also posting best on observation.