Deep in life

Deep Lee memorial

Around 70 friends, fellow students and teachers paid tribute to Deep Lee in an emotional memorial event at Central St Martins on Thursday evening.

The fashion student died after a collision with a lorry on the King’s Cross gyratory exactly a month ago.

Deep Lee’s tutor Christopher New told of how Ms Lee was in final year of fashion design, and of her immaculate style and meticulous work. He said that the college would arrange for suit from the menswear designer’s final collection to be realised.

Anne Smith, Dean of Fashion and Textiles, also commemorated Ms Lee and her design talent, and said she would be awarded a posthumous degree. Ms Smith said that the college had reacted quickly to organise cycle training and safety awareness for the students. The first event is on Friday 4 November, and one-to-one cycle training is now being offered.

In the cavernous hall, a slideshow played of an always elegant Ms Lee in what looked like a happy life in London for the past three years with her boyfriend, Kenji Hirasawa, who tearfully described how he had given up on arguing with her to stop riding her bike.

The memorial finished with a walk from Central St Martins for friends to place more flowers on Deep Lee’s ‘ghost bike’ at the junction where she was killed. The bike is now hidden by all the blooms.

Poignantly, the procession passed a stack of Arts London Newspapers with the ghost bike and headline on the cover: “How many more must die?”

Central London has always drawn in scores of young, passionate, creative people. Cycling is a natural transport choice for so many of them. It shouldn’t be a deadly choice. When will Transport for London start protecting this creative capital, that in some ways, drives London?

Clare Hill

About Clare Hill

Clare is a writer and editor who lived in King’s Cross for a decade. She is passionate about local history, transport and food. Contact Clare by commenting on her posts or go to
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