Tributes paid as motorbike enthusiast loses fight for life

'A friend': John Ascroft worked at Fastline Superbikes

'A friend': John Ascroft worked at Fastline Superbikes

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Tributes have been paid to a well-known motorycling enthusiast who has died at the age of 69.

John Ascroft worked at Fastline Superbikes in Preston for more than 25 years.

Everybody knew John – we have been inundated with messages since his death

He died at his home in Cottam, Preston, this week after battling against cancer for nearly a year.

John had worked at Fastline’s shops in Church Street and later New Hall Lane since 1989.

He was remembered with affection by the business’s owners Hilary and Gary Mitchell.

Hilary said he was known and liked by many customers both in the shop and around the country.

She said: “Everybody knew John – we have been inundated with messages since his death.

“He was very well-liked – not only in the shop but all over the country where he travelled delivering bikes.

“He was a very keen motorcyclist himself and went to a lot of race meetings.

“He was not just an employee – he was a friend.”

Fastline Superbikes is a family-run motorcycle business which caters for a wide range of bikes from scooters through to sports, race bikes, and classics .

The firm posted a picture of John on the company website and said : “It would be hard to find a more passionate, loyal and devoted friend and colleague than John.

“We have lost an extraordinary personality whose sense of humour and loyalty has left an indelible impression on all that were lucky enough to have known John.

“John had been a member of the Fastline Team since 1989 and on behalf of ourselves and John’s family we would like to thank you all for your messages and thoughts at this sad time.”

John leaves two sons.

Arrangements for his funeral service have yet to be confirmed and the family and Fastline Superbikes say they will be announced in due course.