Bury cyclist hit by car dies in hospital

Bernard Parkes
Image caption Mr Parkes gave up work to care for his mother when his father died

The brothers of a cyclist who died after suffering head injuries have paid tribute to him, saying they have lost a "best friend".

Bernard Parkes, 64, was in a collision with a Peugeot 307 car on a roundabout in Bury on Wednesday morning.

He was taken to Hope Hospital after the crash at the junction of Market Street and Wellington Road, but died early on Friday.

He leaves two brothers David, 65 and Malcolm, 62 and a sister Joyce.

Malcolm Parkes said: "No-one had a bad word for him, he would text me first thing in the morning and last thing at night.

'Debt of gratitude'

"We all feel empty inside and gutted, I have lost my best friend.

"He loved going out for days out with me and David. Three weeks ago we all enjoyed a night out watching the Dubliners."

David Parkes said: "We owed him a debt of gratitude because when our father died Bernard gave up work and looked after our mother until she passed away.

"He was very family orientated and loved being with us.

"Bernard was such a lovely bloke, who was straightforward, happy, quick-witted and funny.

"He always enjoyed life and was a thoroughly nice guy."

Police have appealed for witnesses.

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