Popular Bircotes man dies in crash

THE FAMILY of a popular motorcyclist from Bircotes who died in a tragic accident on Sunday paid tribute to him this week.

THE FAMILY of a popular motorcyclist from Bircotes who died in a tragic accident on Sunday paid tribute to him this week.

David Mcloughlin, 44, of Scrooby Road, Bircotes, was riding his pride and joy, a Suzuki motorcycle, when it collided with a Citroen XM car on the A638 Great North Road opposite the turning for Green Lane.

The father of two was pronounced dead at the scene.

And on Wednesday his devastated wife of 24 years, Sharon, praised his "unique character and cheekiness."

"He was a great husband and father and would always provide for his family."

"He died doing what he loved best – riding on his motorbike, and if there was a way to go, I guess that was it."

"Now every day I see a motorbike I will think of him – it was his passion."

On the day of the accident, David, who had worked at Harworth pit as an electrician for 20 years, had just arrived back from motorbike circuit Brands Hatch.

He then went out on his bike but was involved in the crash, which happened at 7.20pm.

"I have lost count of the number of people who have given us support. Everyone has been brilliant, and he was very well known around here," said Sharon, 42.

"He was born in West Stockwith, but Bircotes was his home – everyone knew him because he was so caring and compassionate."

And Adam Mcloughlin, one of David's two sons also fondly remembered his dad, who he had been working with at Harworth Electrical.

"He was spot on and a top bloke."

"Dad had always loved his bikes and since the age of 16 he had been involved one way or another."

"It is hard to accept at the moment, but we need to be strong as a family," said the 21-year-old.

As the Trader and Guardian went to press, no arrangements had been made for his funeral.

The family will be asking for flowers only from close family members and donations to Macmillan Cancer Relief from others.

Police are appealing for anyone with any information about the crash to contact Pc Matt Hamilton on 0115 9670099, extension 7550 or 7551.