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Heartfelt tribute after death of biker in Cornwall

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11:33am 8th May 2018
(Updated 11:33am 8th May 2018)

The family of a biker who died in a late night crash in Cornwall have paid a heartfelt tribute.

Mark Wilkin died after his motorbike and a car collided on a back road near Hayle.

The 59-year-old was rushed to hospital on Saturday evening, but doctors could not save him.

Mark's family say:“On Saturday night, we lost a loving husband, a supportive and sensitive father, and a beloved friend. 

"Next to his family, his two greatest loves were his motorbike and his music. He was larger than life, a "force of nature", who had unending energy and enthusiasm for his life and his music. 

"Those who knew him will remember him for his quick wit and wicked sense of humour. He was an inspirational teacher and a passionate drummer. Most recently his passion had been directed towards developing his band, "Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump", as anyone who has spoken to him in past two years probably knows! 

"Mark recently described this project as, next to his two sons, "his finest creation". All of the music and words were his own, brought to life by the band's talented musicians. Through his sons, we intend to keep the band going; as long as his music is alive, Mark will still be with us".

Devon and Cornwall Police are appealing for witnesses after the collision at Binner Bridge near Leedstown.

A force spokesperson said: "Police were notified at around 10.45pm to reports of a collision between a black Triumph Bonneville Motorcycle and a silver Hyundai I30 car on the B3302 at Binner Bridge near Leedstown.

"As a result, the motorcyclist was conveyed to the Royal Cornwall Hospital where he later died.

"The road was closed for seven hours whilst officers from the roads policing team carried out vital work at the scene".

Anyone with information is asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police via 101@dc.police.uk or by calling 101 quoting log number 1047 of 05/05/2018.

11:33am 8th May 2018

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