The family of the man who sadly died in a collision two days before Christmas in Rowlands Castle have today paid tribute to him.

Norman Martin, 84, of Redhill Road in Rowlands Castle, was cycling on Redhill Road when he was involved in the collision with a grey BMW X1 at the junction with Links Lane.

Emergency services attended the incident, which happened at around 3pm on December 23.

But Norman sadly died in hospital on December 27.

Paying tribute to him, his family said: “Norman was born in Rowlands Castle in 1938 and was bought up in the Drift, he moved to Redhill Road upon getting married and lived there for 47 years.

"He was hard working and spent his working life in various sawmills, then became a self-employed gardener.

"Norman has seen many changes in the village but adapted to them all.

"Gardening was his passion, he was an allotment holder for most of his married life.

"He was a very fit 84-year-old who dug his allotment every year and was always willing to help any other allotment holder who needed a bit of assistance.

"He was very much a home man who didn’t smoke and only occasionally had a glass of cider.

"He loved life and everyone."

A police spokesman added: "We continue to investigate this incident and ask anyone with information to come forward.

"We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen him cycling down Redhill Road towards the Green on December 23.

"Any witnesses who saw him, or the BMW on Links Lane, are urged to get in contact with us."

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting 44220515167.

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