WINGERWORTH: Family’s tribute to fallen motorcyclist

Pilsley bike tragedy. Andrew and Jade Siddall, Gareth Ward Derbyshire bikers, Glenice Siddall and Karen Siddall.
Pilsley bike tragedy. Andrew and Jade Siddall, Gareth Ward Derbyshire bikers, Glenice Siddall and Karen Siddall.

The family of one of the riders killed in the Wingerworth horror smash last month have spoken of their devastation at the loss of their “loving family man.”

Andrew Siddall, 49,was with passenger and friend, Robert Newton outside the Hunloke Arms on the A61 when they collided with another rider, David Wilson.

The Derbyshire Air Ambulance was called to the incident on June 1, but all three men were pronounced dead at the scene.

Andrew’s mum, Glenice Siddall, described her son as “a loving father” and said “he would do anything for anybody.”

She added: “We are devastated. I have had to postpone a serious operation due to the accident.”

Andrew’s widow, Karen Siddall, 45, said she was “completely gutted” at losing her childhood sweetheart, who she has been with since she was 14.

He leaves behind four children, Gemma, 27, Daniel, 23 and twins Jade and Jordan, 18.

When he died, Andrew – of North Wingfield – had just become a grandfather for the fourth time to three-month-old Myla, sister to Aleesha, 7, Harvey, 3, and Grace, 3.

In a joint statement, the family said: “We want to remind other road users that there is a real person beneath the helmet and leathers, with family, loved ones and, of course, friends.

“Rules and speed limits are there for a reason. Please, no matter what you are driving, take care, be safe, and arrive alive.”

A ride of respect in memory of Andrew Siddall and Robert Newton has been organised by Derbyshire Bikers, to raise money for the air ambulance.

The ride, on July 21, will start at the Shalimar restaurant on Midland Road in Darley Dale at 11.30am, finishing at the Fishpond pub on South Parade in Matlock Bath.

Gareth Ward, who is the founder of Derbyshire Bikers, said:

“All riders are welcome regardless of what they ride, however, we may be travelling at the national speed limit on some roads, so please remember this if your equipment is restricted.”

Adrian Langan, Andrew Siddall’s brother-in-law, who has helped organise the ride, added: “We just want to give a positive side to riding out of this.

There will be a prize draw raffle at the Fishpond, with prizes including a meal for two at the Shalimar.

To find out more about the event, or how to donate to the air ambulance, contact Gareth Ward on 07789036948 or email derbyshirebikers@gmail.com