The FAMILY of a man who died following a collision in Hyde have paid tribute to their "very loving" great grandfather.

Shortly after 10.20pm on Friday, October 16, police were called to reports that an orange Ford Transit van had struck a pedestrian at the entrance to the car park of The Harehill Tavern pub on Underwood Road.

A 77-year-old man, Barry Hampson, was taken to hospital with serious head injuries but despite the best efforts of medical staff, he died the following day.

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Barry holding his grandson AJ alongside his granddaughter Carrie-Ann, who is holding his grandson TJ, and far right is Julie Jones, Barry's niece

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Barry and Jimmy

In a statement, Barry's family said: "Barry was 77-years-old and always had a story to tell. He loved to travel when he was younger.

"Barry and his late wife Silvia, went everywhere.

"When Silvia passed away almost two years ago Barry just didn't know what to do; he was lost without her.

"He has always been a big part of our family and loved being around the great grandchildren.

"He loved spending time with them; they hung on his every word.

"He loved going to the pub and spending time with his best friend, Jimmy.

"Barry was a very independent and outspoken person; he liked to have the last word.

"He didn't like being wrong but if he was he would hold his hands up and bow his head.

"Barry was such a character and very loving. He will be missed by all his friends and family."

A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drug driving and causing death by driving without due care and attention.

He has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

An investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call 0161 856 4741 quoting incident number 3,174 of October 16.