Floral tributes to crash victim

A book of condolence was opened at a fitness centre yesterday to remember instructor Peter Tullin, who died when his car smashed through a safety barrier.

A book of condolence was opened at a fitness centre yesterday to remember instructor Peter Tullin, who died when his car smashed through a safety barrier.

Mr Tullin was driving back from a night out with friends in Prudhoe, Northumberland, to his home in Westerhope, Newcastle, when he lost control of the vehicle on the Ovingham Road, just outside Wylam.

Prudhoe Waterworld, where the 35-year-old worked as a duty manager, was closed on Thursday as a mark of respect to the popular member of staff and his family.

Back at work yesterday, centre manager Linda Weston said floral tributes and cards had been arriving at the reception and a book of condolence was also being opened.

She said: "We decided to close the centre on Thursday as none of the staff were in a fit state to work, and also as a mark of respect.

"Everyone is absolutely devastated. Peter was an integral part of the group and was the life and soul of the centre."

Peter, who cared for his mother Patricia, 66, at his home in Northumbria Walk, lost control of his silver Honda Civic which veered into a stone wall, before careering across the road, crashing into a wooden fence and tumbling 30ft down a grassy slope, before landing on its roof in the Tyne at about 11.30pm on Wednesday.

It is the second time staff at Waterworld have had to mourn the loss of a colleague in the last year after mother-of-three Carol Heslop, creche assistant at the centre, died just four months after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Mrs Heslop, 34, of Park Lane, Prudhoe, died last May after the cancer spread to her brain.

Mrs Weston added: "Carol is never far from our minds and what has happened this week has brought it all back to us.

"Peter and Carol were very close friends and it is never easy to lose a member of the team, or in our eyes a member of the family at Waterworld. We are all now trying to regain some form of normality."

An inquest was opened and adjourned yesterday into Mr Tullin's accident and his funeral will be held on September 14 and friends and family are asked to meet at 10.30am at the West Road Crematorium, Newcastle, with a gathering afterwards at the Benwell Cricket Club.

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