An East Yorkshire dad died of head injuries after being hit by up to six tonnes of rubble as a building collapsed on top of him, an inquest heard.

Robert Young, 61, was buried beneath falling bricks as he was walking past Nobles Amusements in Cliff Street, Bridlington on October 6, 2014.

Mr Young, who was originally from Barnsley but had been living in Bridlington, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Heavy rain and winds of more than 40mph hit the seaside town and speaking shortly after the incident East Riding Council officials said the masonry was dislodged because of “inclement weather”.

A jury at Hull Coroners Court are set to determine how Mr Young came by his death over the two week inquest, which began on Thursday and heard evidence on the first day from a pathologist and Mr Young's wife.

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Mrs Young asked for a photograph of her husband to be shown to the jury whilst she was having her evidence read.

Mr Young died in 2014 after bricks fell on him in Bridlington
Mr Young died in 2014 after bricks fell on him in Bridlington

She said that on the morning of his death, Robert, who was retired, had dropped her off at work and had planned to go shopping and to the betting shop.

"It was a wet and windy day and I heard a building had collapsed," said Mrs Young.

"I was informed Robert had been killed as a result of the falling building."

Mrs Young said her husband loved horse racing and had shares on two horses.

“I’m the wife of the late Robert Young, age 61. We had been together for 40 years and married 36 years. Robert was the eldest of four. When he left school he went to Doncaster college and trained as a chef.

“We were married 27 May 1978 in Barnsley and had one daughter together. We always wanted more children but it was never to be.

"Robert was a chef and we would always work together at golf club and pubs."

The scene in Cliff Street in Bridlington in October 2014
The scene in Cliff Street in Bridlington in October 2014

In July 2012 the couple bought a caravan in North Bay, Bridlington.

She said: "In 2013 Robert had a heart attack. It was at this point we reassessed life and made decision to retire early and enjoy lives together.

"We spent most of our time in Bridlington."

Home Office registered pathologist, Dr Hope said that Mr Young died as a result of head injuries.

"It was wet and windy [on the day he died] and there were gusts of up to 40mph," she said.

"At 12.59pm on October 6, a CCTV operator contacted police after seeing a building had collapsed on a man walking below.

"He was surrounded by five to six tonnes of rubble from the amusement arcade with a visible head injury.

"He was pronounced dead at the scene."

The pathologist gave Mr Young's cause of death as head injury by falling masonry.

She said the falling rubble would have killed Mr Young immediately.

Speaking to Hull Live at the time of the tragic accident in 2014, Neil Dean, 52, said that he was was sitting in his taxi, when it was hit by some of the falling bricks and he found Mr Young shortly after.

He said at the time: “It is absolutely terrible what happened and terribly unfortunate. A lot of rubble came down and the sound was like a kid throwing a snowball at a car, but 100 times worse than that.

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“I got out of the car and there was a bloke beside the car, about two foot away, who had dropped to the ground.

“The car saved my life, without a shadow of a doubt. If I hadn’t been writing something, I’d have been out of the car and would probably have also got hit and been killed.

“I feel lucky to be alive and terribly sorry for the family of the bloke who died. It is dreadful.”

The inquest continues at 10am on Friday.