Tributes to 'amazing' Swindon killed in Gloucestershire motorbike crash

Police continue to appeal for witnesses to the collision. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

The family of a man who died in a crash in Badminton have paid tribute to their 'mentor' and 'role model'.

Desmond Clarke, from Swindon, was riding his Honda motorcycle when he was involved in a collision with a Ford Transit van on the B4040 near Newhouse Farm on Saturday 13 November.

Paying tribute to him, his partner Lucy said her world "changed in a heartbeat".

"My loving partner of 31 years, an amazing dad to our three boys and an amazing Pops to our grandsons was tragically taken in motorcycle accident," she said.

"My heart has shattered into one thousand pieces and will never fit back in the same way.

"He will never be forgotten for the loving, kind, true gent that he was. Loved by so many.

"Forever in my heart, you will live on through us all.”

A tribute from his three sons and grandchildren said: “We've lost our best mate, mentor, role model and our dad and Pops, no matter where we are we know you’re with us. We're in disbelief that you are no longer.

"Love you, soldier on up there and ride forever. You’ll never walk alone. Love you Dad, love you Pops.”

Police continue to appeal for witnesses to the collision. If you can help, please call 101 and quote reference 5221267560.