Take a look at one of Preston's quirkiest gardens, created by popular biker Shane I'anson

Tributes have been paid to one of Preston's biggest characters, who has died after a short cancer battle aged 71.

Friday, 11th January 2019, 12:38 pm
Updated Friday, 11th January 2019, 1:49 pm
Speaking last year, Shane described how his garden creation started as he turned his life around. The 71-year-old said: I came out of prison and said sod this. I was sick of staring at the cells four walls. I wanted to change my ways. The Liverpool native added: I wasnt too bad at restoring things and one of my neighbours brought some statues down in pieces and I said I can fix that."

Shane I'anson of Fishwick Parade died on December 28, only 13 days after diagnosis.

His daughter Tracey, 44, remembered his love of painting, collecting and fixing items, as well as sitting in his garden to enjoy his handicraft.

Last year Shane's garden - one of the wackiest in the city - was featured in the Lancashire Post.

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Shane's daughter Tracey described how he threw himself into painting after a motorbike accident in Spain meant he could no longer ride.

At the time he said: “I am a sucker for details and making things look right. The neighbours said they love it.”

Shane, pictured in his garden in Fishwick Parade last July. He was an avid collector of ornaments and motorbikes that enjoyed repairing.
Shane's daughter Tracey said he owned dozens of gnomes, which he enjoyed painting. He also collected clowns.
Shane picked up this Rocky Balboa statue from a local scrapyard and has had a lot of interest in people wanting to buy it, as well as other items he's collected. Speaking last year he said: "Its my personal collection; whats in the garden is for us."
Shane's collection meant his home became a tourist attraction, with passersby often stopping to take in the quirky and unique decorations.