Cyclist killed in fall 'lived for his bike'
NEIGHBOURS today paid tribute to a keen cyclist who died after falling from his bike.
Paul Derbyshire, from Cheddleton, died after an incident in Draycott-in-the-Moors on Sunday afternoon.
The 44-year-old, was travelling on Cresswell Road towards Draycott from Hilderstone when he fell from his bike at around 1.15pm.
Police investigating the incident do not believe any vehicle was involved, but say a number of motorists stopped to help.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Friday, May 31 2013
Mr Derbyshire's neighbours in Brindley Crescent say they were shocked to hear about his death. A number of them would often see him going out on his bike.
Francis Bloor, aged 83, said: "Paul was bike mad. He lived for his bike.
"He would go to work on his bike with a little light flashing on the back.
"The only comforting thing about his death is he died doing what he liked best."
She added: "I remember him coming to live on the street, it must have been about 10 years ago.
"He was always pleasant and polite. He had just had his house done up with new windows and guttering. It's very sad."
Fellow neighbour Sarah Byatt, aged 27, said: "I didn't know him very well but I would take parcels in for him sometimes while he was out.
"They were always something to do with his bike.
"Paul was a quiet man and kept himself to himself but he always seemed lovely when I spoke to him."
Roger Holdcroft, aged 64, said the whole village was shocked when they heard the news. He added: "I found out on the Monday morning, it's very sad. I didn't see much of him because he was at work a lot but he was a nice chap."
The accident happened on the road that passes under the A50 flyover.
Mr Derbyshire was taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire but died from his injuries.
Officers are appealing for these drivers or anyone else who witnessed the incident, to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 368 of March 25.
Leave your tributes to Paul Derbyshire below