DOWNHAM MARKET: Family pays tribute to popular motorcyclist

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Tribute has been paid to a well-known builder who died after a crash at the weekend.

The devastated family of motorcylist Matthew Thompson, 32, of Downham, say they are trying to come to terms with the loss of the popular family man.

Mr Thompson was airlifted to Addenbrookes Hospital, in Cambridge, after a black Aprilia motorbike was involved in a collision with a black Audi car on the A149 at Castle Rising, on Saturday at 3.10pm.

He died in hospital the following morning.

The family says in a statement: “Matthew was a popular and very well-known builder and his family are extremely proud of him.

“He achieved so much in his short life and everybody seemed to know him.

“He couldn’t go anywhere without being acknowledged and always had a cheeky grin and smiley eyes for everyone he met.

“He met and married his lovely wife and went on to have two gorgeous children whom he idolised.

“He has left a lasting legacy in and around the Norfolk area where there are numerous building jobs he took so much pride in carrying out.

“His reputation spread so far and wide that it extended to the south of France purely on recommendation.

“He built the cupola which sits in pride of place on Downham Town Hall roof. This was listed as one of his major building accomplishments as it was a totally new area for him and he carried it out to his perfection standards gaining much praise from many people.

“He leaves behind a totally devastated, close-knit family who are desperately trying to come to terms with their immense loss.

“His wife, children, parents, sister, brother-in-law and nephew would kindly ask that at this time you respect their privacy.

“A further announcement regarding details of his funeral will be made as soon as possible and we would be very pleased to welcome all his friends, business associates, customers and anyone else who loves him like we do.”