Tributes have poured in for a popular motorcyclist who tragically died while on his way to a large rally in France.
Experienced biker Paul Cheney, 59, was killed when he was involved in a crash with a car near Dijon on Friday, May 20.
Hartlepool is a darker place without the big manNidge Gladstone
The much-loved dad of three, from Seaton Carew, who also had three granddaughters, was just a few miles from reaching the Coupes Moto Legende which attracts up to 30,000 spectators from all over Europe.
A number readers have left messages of condolence to Paul on Facebook and also on the Mail’s website article from yesterday.
On the Mail’s Facebook page Tracey Neville said: “Very sad RIP thoughts go out to family x”.
Neil Griffiths simply wrote: “RIP fella” while Chelle Galloway posted: “Thoughts & Prayers are with you all RIP Paul X.”
Eleanor Todd wrote: “Can’t believe it I was recently talking to him on Facebook I’m so sorry for Karen and his family RIP Paul.” Mark Langley described Paul as a “top man” while many said their thoughts are with Paul’s family of wife Karen and daughters Joanne, Patricia, and Katherine.
Kirsty Riches posted: “So sad, what a lovely man, thoughts are with Paul’s family X” and Nidge Gladstone said: “Hartlepool is a darker place without the big man.”
And Kevin Morfitt simply said: “Top bloke. R.I.P.”
In another tribute left on our website hartlepoolmail.co.uk reader G1L said: “Such a sad loss. He was a great man and always smiling. RIP”.
Paul’s family earlier paid tribute to him describing him as “a big man with an even bigger heart,” and was someone who would go out of his way to help people.
He got his first bike at 18 and had travelled to France with friends on his classic Kowasaki 400.
Paul had previously attended motorbike and car club events all over Britain including on the Isle of Man and in America.
He worked at Huntsman Tioxide at Graythorp for 32 years but took voluntary redundancy last September to spend more time on his passions.
Many friends have also left tributes on Paul’s own Facebook page including one who said: “Very sad news, but will remember some great times at the Manx GP last September. RIP Cheno.”