Fast and Furious-style guard of honour at funeral of teenage Grand Theft Auto fanatic

Nathan Pallister, from Murton, who has died aged 18.
Nathan Pallister, from Murton, who has died aged 18.
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A teenager is set to receive a guard of honour at his final send-off after an overwhelming response from strangers.

Nathan Pallister died suddenly last week aged just 18.

Nathan Pallister, from Murton, who has died aged 18.

Nathan Pallister, from Murton, who has died aged 18.

The Murton teenager was passionate about fast cars and bikes and loved playing Grand Theft Auto, leading a family friend to send a shout out to enthusiasts to give him a fitting farewell.

His loved ones have been inundated with hundreds of messages from other petrol heads to offer their condolences and pledges they will turn out for Wednesday’s event.

Nathan, who needed round the clock care after he was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy at the age of three and used a wheelchair from the age of nine, died on September 7, leaving his relations and friends shocked.

He will be laid to rest in the cemetery at Holy Trinity Church after leaving his mum Pat Pallister’s home in Darcy Square, on the village’s Seaview Estate.

He just loved modified cars because he played Grand Theft Auto, as well as motorbikes, I think because he couldn’t do what they could.

Ian Jones

Sunderland funeral director Carol Finn has offered the use of a bike hearse and is working alongside Lambs Funeral Directors in Murton to give the Glenedene School and Community Arts College student a celebration to recognise his love of motors.

It is expected a convoy of bikes will leave from his street alongside the hearse and head through a guard of honour set up with the cars, which will then follow on.

See You Again, the tribute song to Fast and Furious star Paul Walker, will be played during the celebration.

His brother Ian Jones, 30, said: “He just loved modified cars because he played Grand Theft Auto, as well as motorbikes, I think because he couldn’t do what they could.

Nathan Pallister, from Murton, who has died aged 18.

Nathan Pallister, from Murton, who has died aged 18.

“Our neighbour has bikes and he would sit outside for hours just watching him work on them.”

Poems from people in the United States offering comfort and drivers from London and Coventry have been among those to say they will attend on Wednesday.

In the message sent out by friend Kat Pearce, drivers are asked to rev and sound their horns as Nathan passes by adding “We know Nathan loved the noise of a loud noisy engine,” with his favourite colours of red and black advised to those who want to add ribbons or dress for the day.

Kat, whose message has been shared more than 1,300 times on Facebook, added: “He would have been in his element seeing you all as a fellow petrol head and motor vehicle enthusiast.”

Nathan Pallister, from Murton, who has died aged 18.

Nathan Pallister, from Murton, who has died aged 18.

Ian said: “We want to thank everybody who is going to turn out. These people are willing to come and go that extra mile.”

In addition to Pat, 54, and Ian, Nathan also leaves sister Neelie Jones, 24, and brother Alan Holden, 32.

Cars are asked to gather from 12.15pm by the side of Seaview Walk and lead down to Claude Terrace on the day.

Nathan Pallister, from Murton, who has died aged 18.

Nathan Pallister, from Murton, who has died aged 18.