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'Paul lived for today' - Tribute to motorcyclist after fatal crash

PUBLISHED: 13:55 13 August 2019 | UPDATED: 09:11 14 August 2019

Paul Siely, who was originally from Happisburgh in Norfolk, died in a road traffic collision in Woolpit near Borley Green, Suffolk, on August 9, 2019. Picture: Suffolk Police

Paul Siely, who was originally from Happisburgh in Norfolk, died in a road traffic collision in Woolpit near Borley Green, Suffolk, on August 9, 2019. Picture: Suffolk Police

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The family of a motorcyclist who had a "wicked sense of humour" and a love of motorcycles and animals have paid a heartfelt tribute to him.

The family of a motorcyclist who had a "wicked sense of humour" and a love of motorcycles and animals have paid a heartfelt tribute to him.

Paul Siely, 54, was riding a Yamaha YZF bike in Woolpit, near Borley Green, Suffolk when he was in a crash with a Volvo XC60 car on August 9, and died at the scene.

Paul, who was born and grew up in Happisburgh, moved to Stowmarket about 25 years ago and worked as a welder.

His dad, George Siely, and step-mum Jill said Paul was a kind-hearted soul who would be greatly missed by his family, friends, and partner, Jane, who they said was "always there for him".

Paul Siely, originally from Happisburgh, aged in his teens. Picture: Mr Siely's familyPaul Siely, originally from Happisburgh, aged in his teens. Picture: Mr Siely's family

Mr Siely said: "Paul lived for today, he had a wicked sense of humour. He loved all animals, particularly his cats, Charlie and Oscar and his rabbits.

"His passing has left an enormous black hole."

Paul went to Happisburgh School and then Stalham Secondary Modern, and Mr Siely said he had never missed a day's schooling, even when he was not feeling 100pc.

Among his favourite bands was Queen and he saw them perform once as a teenager.

Paul Siely, originally from Happisburgh, aged in his 20s. Picture: Mr Siely's familyPaul Siely, originally from Happisburgh, aged in his 20s. Picture: Mr Siely's family

He got his first moped when he was 16 to get to work, and motorcycles became a great love of his life. Mrs Siely said: "He had a great passion for motorcycle racing, attending meetings at Snetterton, Brands Hatch and Donnington whenever he could."

Of Paul's career, she added: "He had many jobs over the years, moving to Suffolk with Harris Foods.

"In later years he found work with Orion who introduced Paul to welding, a skill he excelled in and took great pride in."

Mr Siely said he was the kind of man who was always happy lend a hand when he could.

He said: "He was very kind and he would help anyone who needed help."

Mr and Mrs Siely said they wanted to thank the emergency services for their response to the accident and support afterwards.

The collision happened on an unnamed road at the junction of Warren Lane, north of Borley Green - at around 1.15pm.

A date for his funeral has not yet been set.

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