27th Oct, 2016

Tributes paid to D-Day veteran

Evesham Editorial 27th Oct, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

TRIBUTES have been paid to an Evesham D-Day veteran who died following a collision with a car in the town.

Noel Wilkes, president of Evesham Royal British Legion (RBL), died on Saturday (October 25) following the incident on Evesham High Street at 7.15pm.

Police believe he was crossing the road near the entrance to Evesham Railway Station when he collided with a black Ford KA.

The 90-year-old was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where he passed away from his injuries.

The driver of the vehicle, a 61-year-old woman from Evesham is not believed to have sustained any injuries.

Mr Wilkes was a popular member of the town’s RBL and marked his 90th birthday in January by asking for donations to fund a trip to Normandy to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

And kind-hearted guests responded to the much-loved veteran’s wishes and raised more than £1,400 on the evening.

One of the first to pay tribute was the Rev Andrew Spurr, who said: “Noel was a stalwart of the Evesham RBL and would often be seen spending many hours collecting for the RBL in Evesham and the Vale.

Officers investigating the incident are anxious to hear from anyone who saw the collision or the circumstances leading up to it.

Anyone with information can call West Mercia Police on 101 quoting incident number 641 of 25th October 2014.

* Anyone who wishes to pay tribute to Mr Wilkes can e-mail editor@eveshamobserver.co.uk