So many say their farewells to Peter

Family, colleagues and friends will gather this morning at the funeral of fitness instructor Peter Tullin who died last week when his car plunged into the River Tyne.

Peter Tullin, 35, with his twin sister Patricia

Family, colleagues and friends will gather this morning at the funeral of fitness instructor Peter Tullin who died last week when his car plunged into the River Tyne.

Mr Tullin, 35, of Northumbria Walk, Westerhope, Newcastle, was driving back from a night out with friends in Prudhoe, Northumberland, last Wednesday when he lost control of the vehicle on the Ovingham Road, just outside Wylam.

He will be cremated at Newcastle's West Road Crematorium at 10.30am, and his mother Patricia, 66, who he cared for at his home, said last night she was expecting a large number of people at the funeral.

"Peter was a well-liked and well-known person and I am expecting a lot of his friends and colleagues at the funeral," she said.

"We have received so much support and he was thought of so highly, which makes me really proud of him."

Tributes continue to arrive in at Prudhoe Waterworld, where Mr Tullin was duty manager, as staff and visitors sign a book of condolence in the reception.

Mrs Tullin said: "I think the book of condolence was a really nice idea and it is very comforting for the family. He was a lovely lad and he is going to be greatly missed."

Mr Tullin 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 to land on its roof in the Tyne at about 11.30pm.

Prudhoe Waterworld will be closed today so staff can attend the funeral and centre manager Linda Weston, said yesterday that discussions were continuing over a permanent memorial to the popular member of staff.

She said: "We are all still absolutely devastated by this and I think the funeral is going to be extremely hard for everyone.

"I have not been surprised by the numbers of people wanting to write in the remembrance book as we all know how much he was liked.

"I have not written in the book yet because, how do you put in words what you really felt about someone and how much you respected them?"

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