Tributes to “special” Charlie

Fressingfield, Suffolk. Scene of fatal collision on Cratfield Road in Fressingfield
Fressingfield, Suffolk. Scene of fatal collision on Cratfield Road in Fressingfield

Tributes have been paid to a “special” young man from Eye who died following a road crash on Monday.

Charlie Cockett sustained fatal head injuries when his motorbike was in collision with a lorry in Fressingfield.

The 25-year-old agricultural engineer, who grew up in Horham, leaves behind his wife of two years, Emma.

Don Moyes, a family friend, said: “My wife and I are just in total shock. Everyone in Horham was sad enough when he moved out of the village, so you can’t even begin to imagine how people have reacted to this news.

“Charles was such a great person. He was never ever down, he always looked at life from a happy end, and he was a special human being who was in a perfect marriage.”

David Reeve, service manager at Mr Cockett’s employer of seven years, Fressingfield-based Landquip, said: “Charlie was liked by everyone. He was a hard-working member of our team who will be sorely missed - a large hole has been left in the Landquip family.

“Our heartfelt sympathy goes to Emma and Charlie’s family and friends.”

And David Streeter, who was rector of the churches in Stradbroke, Horham, Athelington and Redlingfield for 30 years, said: “Charlie was a lovely young man: lively, energetic, hard-working, and someone who always sought to make the best of his opportunities.

“He and Emma came to the family service in Stradbroke once a month, and took part in a number of other events organised by the church. He liked to be involved.”

A former Mendham Primary School pupil, Mr Cockett started his secondary school education at Stradbroke High School, before sitting his GCSEs at Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham.

Richard Hanley, director of music at Thomas Mills, said: “Charlie was a talented saxophone player who really enjoyed music, especially jazz. He also had a real flair for IT.”

Mr Cockett also leaves behind two brothers, Ben and Peter, and his mother, Jenny, who is headteacher at a primary school in south Suffolk.

Mr Cockett spent a large portion of his teenage years in Horham, and retained close ties to the village, despite having lived in Eye for a number of years.

His IT consultant father Tecwyn, who died nearly two years ago, used to arrange the fireworks display in Horham.

After he died, motor vehicle enthusiast Charlie and his brothers took over the reins, ensuring villagers could continue to enjoy the annual event.

Mr Cockett and his wife were also married at Horham Church, with Mr Cockett’s uncle - the Archdeacon of West Ham, Elwin Cockett - conducting the service.

The collision in Fressingfield involved Mr Cockett’s Honda motorbike, and a Leyland DAF truck.

It happened on Cratfield Road at about 4.50pm.

Mr Cockett was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridgeshire, but died later that night.

Police are appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time, and who might have seen the two vehicles either prior to, or when, the crash occurred.

Calls should be made to Suffolk Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Team on 101.