Friends pay trib­ute to biker who died in smash

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - by Mike Ben­nett mben­nett@thek­m­group.co.uk

TRIBUTES have been paid to a young Ash­ford man who de­voted his life to help­ing oth­ers.

Dar­ren Clark, 23, who lived in Park Farm, Kingsnorth, with his brother and a friend, died in a crash on the A251 Ash­ford Road at Sheld­wich.

Shortly be­fore 5pm on Sun­day, Septem­ber 21 his red Honda mo­tor­cy­cle was in col­li­sion with a bur­gundy coloured Jaguar car trav­el­ling in the op­po­site di­rec­tion near the New House Lane junc­tion.

A for­mer Ash­ford North School pupil, he trained and worked for many years un­til re­cently as a me­chanic at Ash­ford Self Hire in Hanover Close, Cobbs Wood, Ash­ford.

His boss Steve Markham de­scribed him as a per­fect worker and said that the en­tire staff and reg­u­lar cus­tomers were dev­as­tated by the loss.

He said: “He came to me as a 17-year-old and al­ways con­ducted him­self ma­turely.

“He was the per­fect exam- ple of a fine young man and he was like one of the fam­ily to me.

“He would help any­one in need and was ex­tremely pop­u­lar, with a vast num­ber of friends.”

Dar­ren’s fu­neral will be held at Char­ing Cre­ma­to­rium to­day (Thurs­day) at 11.20am.

His fam­ily has re­quested fam­ily flow­ers only and in­vite any­one wish­ing to con­trib­ute to in­stead make do­na­tions to Demelza Hospice Care for Chil­dren and Kent Air Am­bu­lance through fu­neral direc­tors East & Co in Albe­marle Road, Willes­bor­ough, Ash­ford, TN24 0HL.

PO­LICE are con­tin­u­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the ac­ci­dent and want to con­tact the driver of a sil­ver Re­nault Pi­casso, which was one of the first ve­hi­cles on the scene.

Dar­ren Clark

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