A family have spoken of their heartbreak after the death of a major steam rally organiser a week before a major road run.

David Hallam died aged 82 on September 4 after a short illness, just before the sixth annual Mavis Jean Memorial Run taking place.

His family went ahead with the event, which saw a collection of vintage vehicles roll through villages including Tutbury and Scropton, in his honour, eight days later.

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Now his son, Jon, has spoken of the hole that has been left in his family's lives and paid tribute to his "chatty, friendly" dad, from Draycott in the Clay.

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David, along with late wife Jean, was an original founder member of Klondyke Steam Preservation Centre at Draycott more than 50 years ago.

Jon, 52, said: "The family are devastated in still mourning our loss. My dad was very much a family man and our family is very close. His loss has left a big hole in our lives.

"He loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren so much.

"He was just such a friendly, chatty character. If anyone rung him having dialled a wrong number, they'd be on the phone to him for half-an-hour.

"My dad would always try to help you and never had a bad word to say about anyone.

"He was a really practical man and could fix anything. He was really active for his age and would always be out strimming and working on his land.

"You'd often see him in the Cock Inn, in Hanbury. Although he wasn't a big drinker, he loved his dominoes."

David, who leaves behind four children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, was a major organiser of steam rallies in the Burton area.

He founded the Mavis Jean Memorial Run after losing wife Jean in 2015. The inseparable pair used to run their own steam rallies at Tutbury Castle and Palmer Moor, in Doveridge.

David's took place at Hanbury Church on Friday, September 24, with a steam roller forming part of the procession.

It set off from David's home near the Board Head Hotel, off the A515, around 10.45am, and was followed by a service.

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