Family tribute to Hailsham motorcyclist

Kenneth Jarrett
Kenneth Jarrett

A TRIBUTE has been given to a loved family man who collapsed and died of natural causes when he helped his friend in a motorcycle incident.

Kenneth Jarrett, aged 71, from Mill Road, Hailsham, died near Carters Corner just after 10.15am on Sunday, October 2.

Police said Mr Jarrett was riding on a motorcycle with a 62-year-old friend from Eastbourne.

The friend came off his Triumph motorbike at Carters Corner after both men went around a corner.

They were faced with a stationary concrete mixer lorry and the friend skidded off the road to avoid the lorry.

Mr Jarrett managed to stop safely and went to help his friend. But he sadly collapsed and died at the scene, despite efforts to revive him.

A family tribute said: “Our dad, grandad and husband decorated our lives with much love and laughter.

“We are all devastated that he’s gone from our lives and he will be greatly missed forever by us all along with our family and friends.

“We would just like to say a thank you for the many messages of condolence.

“Please allow us to grieve in peace.”

The 62-year-old friend, from Eastbourne, who received minor injuries was taken by ambulance to Eastbourne District General Hospital for treatment. He has since been discharged.

The matter has been referred to the Coroners Officer and a post mortem was due to take place.

Any witnesses contact police on 0845 60 70 999 quoting Operation Kingsnorth.