STERNDALE MOOR CRASH: Tributes paid to ‘brilliant lads, who filled the room with laughter’

The scene of the crash. Picture by Jason Chadwick.
The scene of the crash. Picture by Jason Chadwick.

Two young men who died in a crash near Buxton have been described as “brilliant lads”.

Friends Robert Jenkins, 32, and Craig Brassington, 27, died after the Land Rover Discovery they were travelling in left the road and collided with a tree on the A515.

Floral tributes at the scene of the accident.

Floral tributes at the scene of the accident.

Both men, from Sterndale Moor, were pronounced dead at the scene.

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the collision – which happened at about 12.45am last Thursday – is still ongoing.

Graham Gregory, chairman of Sterndale Moor Social Club, was friends with both Mr Jenkins and Mr Brassington for several years.

He said: “They were, quite simply, brilliant lads.

“They’d walk into a quiet room and fill it with laughter.

“They’ll be very sorely missed by everyone and we’ll never forget them.

“We’re all absolutely devastated at what’s happened.”

Mr Gregory said Mr Jenkins, a company director, and Mr Brassington, a quarryman, were both “very active” members of Sterndale Moor Social Club and held committee roles at the organisation.

“The club will certainly be a quieter place without them here,” he added.

Coun Kevin Kirkham, chairman of Hartington Upper Quarter Parish Council, which covers Sterndale Moor, said the authority offered its “heartfelt sympathies to the families after this great tragedy”.

“The sad and sudden loss of these two young men has shocked the whole community and our thoughts are with them all,” he added.

A bonfire and fireworks display took place in Sterndale Moor on Friday in memory of the pair.

The event was called off after the tragedy – but it went ahead as planned in honour of the two men following a request from their families.

Mr Gregory said it was an “incredibly emotional” night.

On Sterndale Moor Social Club’s Facebook page, Fred Smith said: “Two bigger personalities there could not have been. You will both be so sadly missed by a lot of people old and young. Loved you both.”

Claire Jones said: “A fantastic display. Well done Sterndale Moor Social Club – they would have been proud. RIP Rob and Craig.” Terry Parkinson commented: “They are up in the sky looking down.”

Floral tributes have been left at the scene of the crash.

Police said the families of Mr Jenkins and Mr Brassington were “in a terrible state” and too upset to speak to the press.

Anyone with information about the collision should call Derbyshire police on 101, quoting incident 11 of November 12.

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