Family hit by death of grandad killed in bike tragedy

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A DISTRAUGHT family are grieving after a Hucknall grandad was killed in a tragic crash this week — 30 years after his young son also died in a road accident.

Cyclist Alan Davies (58), of Polperro Way, was travelling along Watnall Road when he and an articulated lorry collided near the Rolls-Royce site just after 7 am on Tuesday September 27.

The well-known father-of-three was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident is doubly heartbreaking for the family because Mr Davies’s son, Julian Leon Davies, was killed in an accident on Annesley Road, Hucknall in May 1981, at the age of five. He ran across the road and collided with a car.

Earlier this year, Mr Davies stood as an Independent candidate for the Hucknall West ward in the Ashfield District Council elections.

As a youngster, he went to Holgate Comprehensive School in Hucknall before working as a fitter at the former Linby Colliery. He previously lived on Montague Road in Hucknall.

Mr Davies was a regular at The Hucknall Empire pub and restaurant on Beardall Street in Hucknall where owner Richard Darrington described news of his death as “unbelievable”.

“Alan will be very sorely missed by everyone,” said Mr Darrington. “A lot of people knew him. He had strong opinions and his death is a big loss to all who knew him.

“Our thoughts go out to his family. I am sure that a lot of people would like to pay tribute to Alan but everyone is feeling a bit raw at the moment.”

Mr Davies was married to Dorothy and leaves a son, former local footballer Danny (38), who now lives in Huddersfield, and two daughters, Kimberley and Charlotte (27). He had five grandchildren.

He was a contributor to the ‘Your Opinions’ page in the Dispatch and also wrote a lot of poetry. He was hoping to compile a book of his poems.

Mr Davies was also well-known in the local sporting scene and was formerly secretary of the now defunct Hucknall Rangers Football Club, who played in the Notts Sunday Morning League.

The crash in which Mr Davies was killed forced police to close off Watnall Road in both directions, causing tailbacks during the rush hour.

It was finally re-opened at 9.30 am after officers had carried out an investigation. The driver of the lorry was not injured.

The family of Mr Davies have asked to be left to grieve in peace.

It was back on Monday May 11 1981 that they suffered their first-road-death tragedy.

At 6.30 pm, five-year-old Julian ran out across Annesley Road towards Allen Street and collided with a Ford Escort car. He died in hospital.

The road was dubbed a ‘killer’ in a Dispatch front-page story and local businesses launched a safety campaign. It was this that prompted a pedestrian crossing to be installed near Montague Road.

Coun John Wilmott (Lab), a Hucknall member of Ashfield District Council and its deputy leader, ran a pet shop on Annesley Road at the time. He remembers seeing the aftermath of the collision that killed Julian.

He said: “I heard a massive bang and ran to the window. It was a terrible accident and a tragedy for the family.

“I can’t believe they have suffered again. I knew Alan and I would like to send my condolences to his family. It is terrible

“Alan had Hucknall at heart and was thrilled to stand in the election for the town.”

Anyone who witnessed the crash involving Mr Davies or who has any information should ring Pc Phil Cook on 0300 3009999 (extension 816 2216) or call the free and confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.