News

Sad goodbye for Clayton Buckland

Hundreds turned out on a cold Friday to say goodbye to Clayton Buckland. Above, his mother, Wendy Morris, embraces a mourner.
Hundreds turned out on a cold Friday to say goodbye to Clayton Buckland. Above, his mother, Wendy Morris, embraces a mourner. John Gass

THE strength of Clayton Buckland's parents as they laid him to rest yesterday was inspiring and heartbreaking.

The scale of Wendy Morris and Chris Buckland's loss revealed itself in their youngest daughter, Jade, who broke down while saying her late brother would "always be there to cheer me up and cheer me on".

"You will always be my hero," she said.

Jade and older sister Yasmin were passengers in the car that claimed their 19-year-old brother's life when it crashed into a tree on Tyalgum Rd, Eungella on May 23.

At the Melaleuca Station Memorial Gardens Chapel funeral Yasmin told the more than 500 people she knew she would see her brother again "one day".

The service included time-lapse videos by Clayton on top of Mt Warning and other locations with clouds rolling, growing, dispersing and flying past wind-whipped tree-tops.

A high-altitude sunrise featured in the first video and a sun setting behind hills closed the service.

Ms Morris read a letter from him thanking her for her selfless efforts to support his sporting pursuits.

"I loved hearing your voice, which was louder than anyone's," he wrote.

She also spoke of Mr Buckland and his son as "two peas in a pod".

"They argued often, but if you interfered they would always back each other up.

"Not a day will go by when we won't miss you. And the sacrifice you made for your sisters proves chivalry really does exist."

Murwillumbah High School year adviser Andy Mitchell created laughter amid the tears.

"His physics teacher would know when there was a big storm coming because Clayton wouldn't be in class."

He would instead be home testing the weather.

"I myself used him to plan a few mid-week fishing trips.

"Farewell Clayton and I look forward to seeing some of the epic storms you send our way in the summer to come," Mr Mitchell said.

Topics:  funeral memorial



Star returns to strengthen Hornets for key clash

Dual sport star Caleb Ziebell returns for Cudgen against Ballina.

"He gets through a mountain of work”

Flood heroes save 13 lives in swirling floodwaters

John Lawrence, Shyam Bryan and Johnny Norris helped rescue 13 people from the flooded Greenhills Caravan Park in South Murwillumbah.

Three men labelled heroes after saving 13 in Tweed caravan park

Council urged to consult more on Kingscliff plan

Cr Ron Cooper is determined to have a three-storey height limit in Kingscliff.

Council nails down the draft Kingscliff plan.

Local Partners

Compassion urged in flood aid decisions

Flood-affected business owners in South Murwillumbah appreciated a visit by NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley on Thursday.


Patti Smith: the mother of punk gave Jim Morrison his wings

Patti Smith at Bluesfest 2017 in Byron Bay.

One of the most exhilarating performances in recent Blues history

Returning choir to perform on home soil

CHILLING SOUNDS: Chillingham Voices plays All Saints , Murwillumbah on Sunday, April 30.

Chilling sounds from the aptly named Chillingham Voices

UPDATED: Patti Smith donates large sum for flood recovery

Patti Smith at Bluesfest 2017 in Byron Bay.

The artist performed two shows at Bluesfest 2017

Movie review: Going in Style a grey-powered crowd pleaser

Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin pull of crime caper without breaking a sweat.

Logies 2017: Meldrum's odd speech as Samuel Johnson wins Gold

Samuel Johnson shows off his Best Actor gong before going onto win the Gold.

Samuel Johnson named Gold Logie Winner of the 59th Annual TV Week Gold Logie...

Logies 2017: Who's taken the coveted gongs?

Kerri-Anne Kennerley poses with the Hall Of Fame Logie Award.

Award winners from Australian television industry's night of nights

Logies 2017: Samuel Johnson dedicates award to sister Connie

Samuel Johnson wins Best Actor at 2017 Logies.

'My sister is succumbing to the perils of cancer': Samuel Johnson

Logies 2017: Dave Hughes roasts Channel Seven CEO

Dave Hughes hosts opens the 2017 Logies.

Hughes sends shockwaves through Logies audience

Logies 2017: Stars are dazzling as the night begins

Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinnson hit the red carpet.

Melbourne's rolled out the red carpet for tonight's Logie Awards

Logies 2017: Karl stays sober to keep his body a temple

After famously being accused of being a little worse for wear at previous Logies, Karl Stefanovic reckons he is staying sober because his "body is a temple".

He's laying off the booze because his body is a temple, he said.

What dodgy real estate ads really mean

This dilapidated house was described as an ‘Edwardian timber home, open to your imagination’. That’s a nice way of putting it.

Real estate writing is just outsourced lying, says one writer

SOLD: Iconic M'boro pub set to be transformed

Shane Muller from Maryborough Motorcycles will be opening up a showroom and café at the Shamrock Hotel.

The Shamrock Hotel is set to be transformed in the next two months.

Council urged to consult more on Kingscliff plan

Cr Ron Cooper is determined to have a three-storey height limit in Kingscliff.

Council nails down the draft Kingscliff plan.

Coast developer looks to prime real estate's future

MANY OPTIONS: Sunshine Coast developer Graeme Juniper is considering what to do with a prime piece of real estate he owns on Radical Bay on Magnetic Island, near Townsville.

Radical Bay is World Environment Heritage-listed.

This small box of a unit just sold for $1 million

Elizabeth Bay unit has charming views to Sydney Heads.

If this doesn't scream 'housing bubble', nothing does.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!