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Northern Ireland man (78) died after being struck by lorry

By Chris McCullough

Published 01/10/2016

A 78-year-old man from Banbridge has died as a result of an accident while helping to arrange a forestry show at an estate in England
A 78-year-old man from Banbridge has died as a result of an accident while helping to arrange a forestry show at an estate in England

A 78-year-old man from Banbridge has died as a result of an accident while helping to arrange a forestry show at an estate in England.

Richard Francis Sheridan was a member of the team behind the APF 2016 Arboriculture and Forestry Show at Ragley Hall in Alcester.

He died in hospital following an accident on September 13 involving a lorry while preparing for the event.

Mr Sheridan, who was married to Aileen, suffered a number of serious injuries including a pelvic injury, according to the West Midlands Ambulance Service.

A spokesman said: "We were called to a road traffic accident at Ragley Hall in Alcester to reports of a collision between a lorry and a pedestrian.

"The patient was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

"In attendance was one ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and two Midlands air ambulances. Warwickshire Police were also called."

APF Demo, the show organisers, expressed their sympathy in a statement.

"The APF Demo's team's thoughts are very much with the family at this time," it said.

"The member of staff received immediate first aid treatment by St John Ambulance staff and was flown to a Birmingham hospital for further treatment. Tragically despite the best efforts of the doctors he died."

Ragley Hall is the family home of the 9th Marquess and Marchioness of Hertford.

A service of thanksgiving for Mr Sheridan's life will take place in Banbridge Methodist Church on Friday, October 7 at 2pm.

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