Miss NW200 contestant's heartbreak over death of racer Malachi Mitchell-Thomas
A beauty competitor in the Miss North West 200 contest has penned a poignant tribute to tragic young racer Malachi Mitchell-Thomas.
Heartbroken Brittany McAfee from Ballymoney has been left devastated by the death of the 20-year-old in a horror crash on Saturday during the third lap of the Supertwins race.
The couple struck up a friendship while Brittany was working as a promotions girl at the races and served as "brolly girl" for the English rider.
With his charming personality, roguish good looks and passion for the sport, the young Lancashire lad won the hearts of everyone he met during his first trip to the Antrim coast.
The promising young sports star who had scrimped and saved to be part of the island's biggest road racing event had endearingly treated Brittany to ice cream in Morelli's and dinner in McDonald's.
Last night friends of Brittany said she was devastated by his death and the depth of her feelings was clear in the moving tribute she left at the crash scene in which she said her heart was "broken in a million pieces".
The handwritten note, attached to a simple bouquet of carnations, said: "I will be forever grateful for getting the chance of having the friendship we had, from our little evening trip to Morelli's on Thursday because you loved there and a feast in McDonald's."
In her note she said she had left pink flowers because his new helmet was pink and she said of her new friend: "You were such a fun, talented, lovely boy with cute curly hair," adding: "I will hold on and cherish the memories we have had because that's all I have left. RIP MMT Love you always."
Brittany, who works as a post office counter assistant in Ballymoney, was one of the competitors in the Miss North West beauty competition last week.
It is understood that she plans to travel to Lancashire for the young rider's funeral on Tuesday.
by stephanie bell