Suffolk/Norfolk: Tributes paid to A140 crash victim, former pub landlord Allan Kerrigan

Former Norwich publican Allan Kerrigan with his wife Gladys Former Norwich publican Allan Kerrigan with his wife Gladys

Monday, February 10, 2014
10:38 AM

The driver killed in a road accident on the A140 in Suffolk on Friday night was a former Norwich publican.

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Allan Kerrigan, 62, of Edwin Close, Wymondham, was the former landlord of the Queens Arms and the Plasterers Arms pubs, which he ran successfully for a number of years before becoming a health and safety consultant and trainer.

However the proud Londoner, who was born in Canning Town, had a number of other professions during his lifetime, including a lorry driver. He was also a member of a masonic lodge in Wymondham.

Mr Kerrigan’s Toyota was involved in an accident with a BMW and a lorry at about 4.30pm on Friday.

His wife Gladys, 76, said: “He was a man who lived his life to the full. There was always something new he wanted to do. He was always reinventing himself.

“When he saw that the pub trade was struggling, he decided to leave and try something new, that was the sort of person he was.”

The grandfather-of-five had changed his route on his way home from London to Wymondham after providing health and safety training.

He had intended to travel his usual route up the M11 and A11 to get back to Wymondham, but changed his plans because there had been an accident.

He was pronounced dead at the scene outside Crabtree Farm, while the BMW driver, a 23-year-old man from the Diss area, was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge where he remains in a critical condition after suffering internal bleeding.

The lorry driver was treated for shock.

An investigation into the crash is underway and police are asking anyone who may have seen the incident to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team at Suffolk Police by dialling 101.

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