River death shock

Mes­sages and flow­ers left in Mark’s mem­ory

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Sam Wil­liams saw­illiams@thek­m­group.co.uk @SamWil­liamsKM

Friends have spo­ken of their shock and sad­ness af­ter an Ash­ford man was found dead in the river.

Emer­gency ser­vices packed the cor­ner where East Hill meets Mace Lane on Sun­day morn­ing af­ter a passer-by saw a body in the stream.

The man was pulled from the River Stour and has since been iden­ti­fied as Mark Wors­fold, 50, a me­chanic from the town.

Land­lord Tom Dixon, who runs The Ge­orge in Ash­ford High Street, where Mr Wors­fold was a reg­u­lar, said: “Mark was a very pop­u­lar cus­tomer with both staff and other cus­tomers.

“He al­ways had a smile on his face, would al­ways want to say hello and had a very close group of friends.”

Flow­ers have been left tied to rail­ings nearby and one trib­ute read: “Mark, al­ways in our hearts. Miss you al­ways”

Tributes have poured in for a man with a “beam­ing smile” who died in Ash­ford over the week­end.

Mark Wors­fold, 50, was found dead in the River Stour on Sun­day morn­ing.

Emer­gency crews were called to East Hill af­ter a passer-by saw his body in the stream.

Al­though it is not clear how he died, po­lice have con­firmed Mr Wors­fold’s death is not be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious.

Over the next few days, bunches of flow­ers and mes­sages were left tied to the rail­ings near where Mr Wors­fold, who was from the town, was found.

One trib­ute reads: “Mark, al­ways in our hearts. Miss you al­ways.”

An­other said: “Mark, there are no words to ex­press my sad­ness.”

It is un­der­stood that Mr Wors­fold was a me­chanic who pre­vi­ously worked at Caffyns Vaux­hall, on the Or­bital Park.

He was a reg­u­lar in The Ge­orge pub in Ash­ford High Street, and also en­joyed vis­it­ing The Swan and the John Wal­lis, for­mally The Man of Kent, both in the town cen­tre.

Since his death, friends have spo­ken of his cheeky smile and kind heart.

Au­thor, and Ken­tish Ex­press colum­nist, Steve Sal­ter, said: “This is such a tragedy, he was one gen­uinely lovely guy.

“I was only chat­ting to him the other day.

“Mark was one of my old cus­tomers at The Swan in Tufton Street and I also met up with him again when he worked at Caffyns Vaux­hall.

“He would come out of the work­shop to talk.

“He al­ways had a beam­ing smile for you. I am so sad­dened by his pre­ma­ture pass­ing and of­fer my since con­do­lences to his fam­ily.”

Tom Dixon, who runs The Ge­orge pub, as well as the Tick­led Trout, in Wye, and Fly­ing Horse, in Boughton Aluph, said Mr Wors­fold’s “jovial” per­son­al­ity would be missed.

He said: “Mark was a very pop­u­lar cus­tomer with both staff and other cus­tomers and has been us­ing The Ge­orge Ho­tel as far back as I can re­mem­ber.

“He al­ways had a smile on his face, would al­ways want to say hello and had a very close group of friends.

“My team are shocked and deeply sad­dened. His jovial char­ac­ter will be missed by all of us at The Ge­orge.

“In­deed, he cel­e­brated his 50th with us just a few weeks ago.”

Mr Dixon said a night would be or­gan­ised in his mem­ory.

He added: “Mark came in ev­ery Satur­day night. His best friend Jim is or­gan­is­ing a night this week in his re­mem­brance.”

‘Mark was a very pop­u­lar cus­tomer with both staff and other cus­tomers’

Pic­ture: Andy Clark

Friends have paid trib­ute to Mark Wors­fold, 50, a me­chanic, who was found dead in the River Stour; po­lice at the scene

Pic­ture: Andy Clark

Many flo­ral tributes have been left for Mark

Mark Wors­fold had re­cently cel­e­brated his 50th birth­day

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Steve Sal­ter said Mark was ‘a gen­uinely lovely guy’

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Tom Dixon says a trib­ute night will be held

Pic­tures: Sam Wil­liams

There were heart­felt mes­sages from friends

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