Tributes to Tim Waddingham after death in Surrey lake

Tributes have been paid to a classic car enthusiast who died after falling into a lake at a golf club in Surrey.

Tim Waddingham, 53, from Rudgwick, West Sussex, was pulled from the lake at Wildwood Golf and Country Club, in Alfold, on Sunday.

It is thought he may have died trying to rescue his dog from the ice.

Mr Waddingham restored and serviced classic Jaguar cars and also raced them. Terry Dye, who raced with him, said he was "a genuinely nice man".

Mr Dye, of the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club, recalled how he had stopped racing after a few years but still used to come to the circuits.

'Quiet man'

"He was very popular amongst the other drivers.

"He restored the car that he raced and it was beautifully prepared."

Mr Dye described him as "a quiet man with a very subtle sense of humour".

Police were called to the lake at the private golf course at about 09:20 GMT on Sunday amid reports of concern for Mr Waddingham's safety. His dog was found nearby.

His death is not being treated as suspicious, and an inquest has been opened and adjourned.

Officers attended the scene along with Surrey Fire and Rescue, including its water rescue branch, the South East Coast Ambulance Service and the Sussex Police diving team.

"A thorough search of the area was conducted and the dive team located a body just after 4pm," a spokesman said.

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