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Police name motorcyclist who died in Weardale collision

Frazer Golden died when his motorbike collided with a second bike on the A689 in Weardale. Credit: Frazer Golden's family.

The family and girlfriend of Frazer Golden, the motorcyclist who died in a road accident in Weardale at the weekend, have said his death will leave “a massive void in everyone’s life.”

Frazer, who was 30 died in a collision with another motorbike on the A689 at St John’s Chapel on Sunday afternoon. The former air cadet had worked at Nissan since the age of 18 and was known for his love of cars and bikes.

His mother and father, Linda and Dan and his girlfriend of the last six years, Helen Gaughan said in a joint tribute that Frazer was the family ‘Mr Fixit’, who had packed as much into his life as possible.

“Frazer was the cherished son of Linda and Daniel, a beloved brother to Faye and Louise and a loved and adored boyfriend of Helen. He was also a lifelong friend to so many people and was Golden by name, golden by nature."

– Frazer's family

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the collision, which happened at 2.10pm on Sunday 9th April.

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