Tributes paid to Holbeach crash victim

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FRIENDS and family of a Holbeach man who died after a crash in King’s Lynn have described him as “inspirational”.

FRIENDS and family of a Holbeach man who died after a crash in King’s Lynn have described him as “inspirational”.

Daniel Graves (30), of Kensington Close, was involved in a fatal collision on the outskirts of the town as he travelled home from work last Tuesday.

Mr Graves, who leaves his wife and two young children, helped set up the Open Road West Norfolk Trust that teaches youngsters practical mechanic skills.

A statement released on behalf of the family by Norfolk police read: “His commitment to helping disadvantaged and dispossessed youngsters was a hallmark of his life.

“Although a relatively young man himself, he helped set up and run the Open Road West Norfolk Trust in order to give youngsters an interest and drive for something more than academia.

“Daniel was a loving husband, father, son and grandson and will be missed by many beyond the immediate family.

“The family are heartbroken at the sudden and unexpected loss, knowing nothing can ever replace him.”

The trust is based in Rollesby Road on the Hardwick Industrial Estate. He was travelling on a blue/black Honda CBR motorbike on that road when he collided with a Mitsubishi Shogun.

The former George Farmer School pupil died at the scene.

Terry Smith, executive trustee of the project and close friend, said: “We were lucky to find Daniel. He was a talented young man, who was an inspiration and will be sorely missed by everyone.

“He was highly regarded, professional and dedicated to what he was doing for his students. He was the linchpin of the project.

“I’m still in a state of disbelief that I won’t ever have a cup of tea with him again. For me he was an exceptional man.”