Friends of a popular biker have paid tribute to the 21-year-old after he died in a three-vehicle smash.
Jack Davies was riding his red Kawasaki motorbike along the A53 when he was in collision with a red case IH tractor towing a green trailer and a blue Ford Kuga.
Emergency services were called to the scene near Loggerheads on Wednesday. But despite the best efforts of paramedics, the former Newcastle College student was pronounced dead at the scene.
Jack lived in Silverdale with his mum and younger brother and sister. He also suffered with a heart condition and had multiple open heart surgeries.
Now his biker friends have paid tribute to the keen motorcyclist.
Jake Elliot-Spencer first met Jack three years ago when he bumped into him while out watching the racing in Whitchurch. The pair spoke about their passion for motorbikes and their friendship grew from there.
The 22-year-old, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, said: “The day it happened, I went to bed around 9pm. I didn’t get the phone call from a friend who tried to ring me. My girlfriend woke me up at 1am and said that he’d passed away.
“I didn’t want to believe it and I thought it was a heart problem. I didn’t think it would be the bike. I know he went out that day on the bike, but I was hoping it wouldn’t be because of that.
“Our worlds turned upside down and I felt like I had lost my brother. The moment I heard it, I thought if I could go back to sleep, maybe I will wake up and it won’t be true, it’s a nightmare.
“My friend phoned me in the morning and confirmed it happened on the bike and it’s a surreal thing to hear. You hope each day something is going to change and he is going to be there.”
Jack worked a number of different jobs, including being a mechanic, as well as a delivery driver for a dessert shop. On the day of his death, he had got a new job installing cables.
Jake added: “I didn’t know him for too long, but it felt like I had known him for a lifetime.
“He was energetic and enthusiastic about bikes and that is why we clicked. We both had the passion for motorbikes and he had so much to say.
“He loved to mess around with bikes and cars and was hands-on with them and doing his own work with them. It was a massive part of his life.
“He enjoyed the freedom with motorbiking. The big thing about it was he enjoyed meeting all the people he came across and got on with them.
“His best quality was the fact that he was loyal and he was always there if anything was wrong with myself or if there was a problem.
“I couldn’t keep count of the amount of people he knew and the people he met up with. He will be missed immensely.”
A JustGiving page set up to support Jack’s family has exceeded its target of £500 and has so far raised more than £1,800.
It was set up by Andrew Baldie, Jake, and a couple of other friends.
Andrew, aged 23, from Woore, said: “It reached the target within the first 20 minutes or so. It’s unreal and it shows how much of an impact he had.
“Words can’t describe the support we have got. His mum messaged me saying how proud she was of everybody and didn’t realise how well he was loved by everybody he met.
“People who have never met his family have been showing their love because they know how much of a gentleman he was.”
He added: “I found out through a friend who was with him before it happened. They were out that evening that he passed away. They went for a meal in Whitchurch. They were having a final meal before lockdown. When he told me what happened, I was in disbelief.
“You never prepare yourself for anything like this. Jack was the life and soul of everywhere he went. He was the gentlest soul you would ever meet in your life.
“He never had anything bad to say about anybody and was always smiling. He had an infectious smile. If someone was upset, he would drop everything to be there.
“I know first-hand him doing that for me. He has been there for me countless number of times. He doesn’t want anything in return for doing anything.”
To support the fundraising appeal, click here.