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Friday, 25 July 2014

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Cumbrian pub landlord's tribute to crash victim

The landlord of a west Cumbrian pub has paid a moving tribute to one of his youngest employees who died after being hit by a car in Allonby.

Ray Pattinson photo
Raymond John Pattinson

Raymond John Pattinson, 20, from Edinburgh Road in Maryport, died from head injuries after he was struck by a car on the main road through the seaside village on Sunday night. He died later in the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

He had been in Allonby with friends enjoying the good weather, police confirmed yesterday.

Hours earlier Mr Pattinson had left The Old Postinghouse at Deanscales near Cockermouth after working the lunchtime shift. He had worked at the pub as a junior chef for just over two years.

Landlord Mick Peat said: “He’d been working here on Sunday. Ray left us at 2.30pm and that was the last we saw him. He had been bubbly and laughing like he always was.

“Every time he came in here his smile was like a ray of sunshine. Ray was such a bubbly person and it was always a pleasure to have him here. He was like a son to me, he was a super lad. The staff and I are all devastated, the customers too.”

Mr Peat plans to shut the pub on the day of the funeral to allow his 20 staff and customers to attend the service and pay their respects.

Mr Peat also said Mr Pattinson was in the process of applying to join the Army, which was to include a visit to Edinburgh this week.

Earlier this week Mr Pattinson’s relatives paid their own tribute in a statement released by Cumbria Police.

A family statement said: “Ray was a fabulous son, grandson, brother and uncle. He enjoyed life to the full and was loveable, sensitive and kind.”

It continued: “Ray leaves behind his mother Romar, father Raymond, stepfather Trevor and grandparents Yvonne, John and Gerald.

“He will be sadly missed.”

Police have interviewed the driver of the Suzuki Swift involved in Sunday’s collision, a 20-year-old man from Allonby, and are continuing their inquiries.

Nobody has been arrested in connection with the incident, which happened at about 7.45pm.

Police are appealing to anyone who saw the incident to call PC John Powell on 101.

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