Lincolnshire

Tributes to popular biker killed in Nocton crash

Darren Beedham
Image caption Mr Beedham's father said hundreds were expected at his son's funeral

Family and friends have paid tribute to a "hugely popular" motorcyclist who was killed when his bike left the road in Lincolnshire.

Darren Beedham from Lincoln died on the B1188 at Nocton on 12 February.

The 37-year-old's father said he was a "caring and considerate" man who "loved the exciting things in life".

Mr Beedham, who worked at Lincoln-based surface preparation firm PPC, also leaves behind a stepmother, as well as two brothers.

His father Pete said he was known by hundreds of people locally.

"No one ever had a bad word to say about him and he never fell out with anyone.

"He was such a happy, fun-loving person - we're expecting hundreds at the funeral and people are even coming over from places like Australia and the Netherlands," he said.

'Dearly missed'

Mr Beedham's brother, Bruce, said: "As a brother we couldn't have asked for any more. He was a mate too. Everyone warmed to him immediately and he never let life pass him by.

"He died doing something he loved and will leave a huge hole in our lives that will never be filled.

"We will feel it for the rest of our lives. Every time we think of him we smile."

The managing director of PPC, Tracey Glew, said Mr Beedham would be "dearly missed" by everyone at the firm.

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