Nick's bike, spirits crushed
ALL little Nick Essery wanted for Christmas was a bigger bike without training wheels.
Santa granted his wish, but he only had two weeks to enjoy it before it was destroyed in a ferocious storm on Monday.
About 3pm on Monday a storm cell ripped through the Lismore area, dumping torrential rain and blowing strong wind gusts.
Trees and powerlines went down around the Lismore area, but Tregeagle was hit the hardest.
The Northern Star reported yesterday that the Essery family had emerged from their Tregeagle home after Monday's storm to discover a huge Moreton Bay fig tree had fallen and crushed their carport.
Diane Essery, the partner of Northern Star photographer Doug Eaton, said she didn't hear the tree fall over the roar of the rain.
SES volunteers helped the family clean up the damage yesterday.
But as they lifted up what was left of the damaged carport, they pulled out seven-year-old Nick's brand new, but mangled, bicycle.
"All he wanted was a bigger bike for Christmas, which is what he got," Ms Essery said yesterday.
"The SES pulled it out this morning and the wheels were buckled and it just broke (Nick's) heart. He was crying for about two hours.
"He was that thrilled to have it and he has not had much of an opportunity to make use of it."
SES volunteers and neighbours offered to help fix the bicycle, but Ms Essery believed it is "too far gone".
"We will have to take it to the tip," she said.
Nick was a boy of few words yesterday, only saying he was "very sad" to see his shiny new bicycle in a mangled mess.
A replacement bike is the last thing on the Esserys' minds for now as they calculate the costs of installing a new carport and fixing other minor damage to their house.