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Tributes paid to Barrow biker whose smile ‘would light up a room’

THE family and friends of a biker from Barrow who died in a crash poured into church to pay their respects to a man whose smile “would light up a room”.

Scott Daniel Gibson, 23, died on April 4, when his motorbike collided with a police van on the A590 near Lindal at about 10.30pm.

The funeral was held yesterday at St Matthew’s Church, in Harrogate Street, Barrow, at 11pm.

The sidecar of a motorbike was used as a hearse and came to a stop by a row of loved ones who stood and waited in silence outside the church.

The service was led by the Reverend John Hodgkinson. He described Mr Gibson’s character to those gathered in the church, and talked about the heightened emotion that often comes with the death of someone so young.

He added: “Sorrow and grief, however, will not have the last say because of the type of person Scott was.”

Mr Hodgkinson went on to read tributes provided by family, Mr Gibson’s mother, Eleanor, his father, Roy, and younger brother, Matthew.

He said, on their behalf: “Scott, we cannot express how we feel on the loss of you.

“Your smile would light up a room, but now you have been replaced by memories and photographs. Sleep well, and fly high with the angels.”

Matthew Gibson had his own message to be passed on by Mr Hodgkinson.

He said: “You were the guidance in my life. You offered support when it was needed.

“You are the person that I would look up to.”

He went on to talk about the important role Dave Mowbray, of Mowbray’s Autos, had on his late brother’s life. Mr Mowbray was Mr Gibson’s boss.

He continued: “Dave was like a second father to Scott. Thank you, Dave, for giving Scott that experience in life. I can guarantee that he loved every single minute with you.”

Mr Gibson had planned to take his bike to Germany with Mr Mowbray later in the year.

Finally, Mr Hodgkinson, on behalf of Matthew Gibson, thanked friends and family for their support.

He said: “The support from friends and family, as well as Scott’s friends, has been tremendous. But nothing can hold back the tears.”

Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances of Mr Gibson’s death.

They have appealed for any witnesses who were in the area, or anybody who may have additional information, to contact Cumbria police on 101 and speak to a member of the operational support unit.

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