Family in tribute to collision victim

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The family of a Morpeth man who died following a collision near Guide Post has paid tribute to him.

The incident on the A196 a week ago between Paddock Hall Farm and North Farm claimed the lives of Lee Pollard, 23, of Bluebell Rise, and Gary Hedley, 24, of Second Avenue.

Gary, who loved to travel, was a former King Edward VI School student and he completed a degree in events management at Leeds Beckett University earlier this year.

Devastated family members include older brother David and younger sister Amy.

David said: “Everyone loved Gary. He was such a happy lad and he had an infectious personality.

“Once he met somebody, he touched a part of their heart.

“He adored his four nieces and they adored him.

“He visited half the world and enjoyed each of his trips abroad. For example, he travelled to South Africa, did some volunteering with the university at a village in Fiji and spent most of his year out in the middle of his degree working at a hostel in Peru.

“Gary’s attitude to life was that if you wanted to do something, go ahead and do it – this led to many spur-of-the-moment choices such as a couple of months ago when he decided to take the following few days as work holiday days and go to Turkey.

“Hundreds of people, locally and from all over the world, have either sent us cards and messages or posted their condolences on his Facebook page. One girl said she only met him for 12 hours, but she could never forget him.

“Quite a few people are flying in to attend his funeral.

“He treated his friends like family and many of them have been along to the house this week.

“Gary and Lee were inseparable. They travelled abroad together a few times and went up Ben Nevis together.

“He loved all sorts of music and was really into the Goo Goo Dolls and The Script.”

Gary was very much looking forward to his brother’s wedding, which takes place on Saturday. David said all those involved decided that it should still go ahead.

He added: “We would like to thank everyone who has sent condolences to the family and posted messages for their support. We’ve been quite overwhelmed with the responses.”

Gary’s funeral will take place at St George’s United Reformed Church, Morpeth, on Tuesday from 10.30am.

Those who attend are being asked to wear something yellow or a flash of yellow – Gary’s favourite colour.

Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made to the Institute of Transplantation at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.