Tributes to ‘Whitby Mick’

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Tributes have been paid to a worker killed in the collapse at the former Didcot Power Station, who was from near Whitby.

The keen motorbiker from Brotton was a popular and long serving member of the Teesriders Mcc Club but was known affectionately as ‘Whitby Mivk’.

His nickname came about because he was a member of the now defunct Whitby 77 club but the name still stuck long after the club folded.

Another former member of the Whitby club is former Whitby lifeboat mechanic and keen biker, Glenn Goodberry.

Paying tribute to Whitby Mick, he said: “A big man with a big heart. Pleasure to have known you.”

Other local members of the old club have posted their own tributes among the thousands which have appeared on Facebook since Tuesday’s tragedy.

Shaz Morgan from Whitby added: “Big lad with a massive heart and infectious laugh.”

Another pal said he would raise a glass for Mick at the forthcoming Goth weekend in Whitby.

This week his current club, Teesriders told the Whitby Gazette they were “gutted”.

A spokesperson said: “We as a club and his friends are gutted to hear of this sad loss. Mick has been a valued member of our club for quite some years now, He was always ready to help anyone out with a smile.”

Emergency services were alerted at 4.04pm on Tuesday. South Central ambulance service declared a major incident and sent an air ambulance, three ambulances, a rapid response vehicle and a hazardous area response team to the scene.

Oxfordshire fire and rescue service confirmed that in addition to the tragic death of Mick, five other people were taken to hospital and three people were missing.

The casualties were workers preparing the site for demolition, due to take place next week.

The health and safety executive and Thames Valley police are to launch an investigation into why the building collapsed during the preparation process.