TOUCHING tributes have been paid to a married father-of-three from Elton who was killed when his motorbike collided with a combine harvester on the A56 in Chester.

John Pollitt, 45, of Parkland Drive, Elton – who was married to wife Helen and had three children, Ben, Alexandra and Grace – worked as an instrument electrical technician for former Kemira fertiliser company Growhow in Ince and was a part-time driver for Elton based Village Taxis.

A family friend, speaking on behalf of the Pollitts, said: “We are deeply shocked and saddened by John’s death.

“He was a good mate and loved by everybody.

“He’s irreplaceable and we will miss him dearly.

“As Godparents to his youngest daughter, we have lost a friend, colleague and family member.

“John was a loyal friend to many people in Elton.

“John’s family would like to thank everyone for their messages of love and support during this sad and difficult time.”

A popular and well known figure in the Elton community, John – who attended the old Stanney High School – was passionate about motorcycling and recently became a marshall at Oulton Park racetrack.

He lived in Elton all his life and was an avid Manchester United fan and a keen golfer.

Staff at The Rigger Pub, Elton, added: “He was a lovely man, a family man. It’s tragic.

“Everyone here is in shock.. He wasn’t a big drinker, he’d come in every now and then when we have live bands or events.

“He was a very well-liked man and just a nice guy, a lovely chap.”