THE FAMILY of a cyclist who tragically died when he was hit by a skip wagon have paid tribute to him.
At 10.15am on Friday 8 April 2016 police were called to reports of a collision between a cyclist and a skip wagon on Shaw Road in Royton, Oldham.
The cyclist, 55-year-old Charles Birmingham, was taken to hospital with serious head injuries and sadly died on Saturday 9 April 2016.
PC John Durham of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “First of all, our thoughts are with Charlie’s family at this devastating time.
“This was an awful incident and we are investigating how it could have happened.
“We would like to speak to anyone who saw the collision or may have some footage that we could view.
“We would like to be able to give all involved the answers they deserve.”
The family of Charles said: “Charles was known as Charlie or Chaz to everyone who knew him. He was a well-liked character in the Royton and he would be seen out on his bike as he cycled everywhere.
“He had a passion for football and was a massive Everton fan. He loved horse racing and would visit the bookies every Saturday to place a couple of bets then go either back home or to his brother Barry’s house to watch the racing.
“He would visit the Carter’s Arms every other Friday for the karaoke where he liked to sing his signature song Achy Breaky Heart.
“Music was such a love of Charlie’s that he even has a speaker on his bike so he could listen to everything from Elvis to Kylie Minogue whilst he cycled.
“Neighbours would joke they knew when Charlie was coming home because they could hear the music before they could see him.
“Charlie was the perfect gent who would play football with the kids in the street and was always happy, laughing and joking.
“He was much loved by his brothers and sisters and nephews and nieces and he was a friend to everyone. He will be greatly missed by all.”