Tributes to Fairline staff killed in crash

Flowers left at the scene of the Dingley crash where two workers from Fairline died
Flowers left at the scene of the Dingley crash where two workers from Fairline died

Tributes have been paid to two Fairline workers who died in a car crash as they travelled home from work.

Matt McKnight, 41, and Paul Jones, 54, both of Market Harborough, died when their car left the A427 between Brampton Ash and Dingley and hit a tree at about 5.30pm on Friday, September 26.

Two more men, also from Harborough, were injured in the crash.

All four men were travelling back to Market Harborough from their jobs at boat builders Fairline, based in Corby and Oundle.

It was a journey the four men made together most working days, sharing a car.

Kevin Gaskell, chief executive officer of Fairline Boats, said: “We are saddened by the tragic loss of Paul Jones and Matt McKnight who were much admired and respected members of the Fairline family and will be sorely missed.

“The four men involved in the accident were all highly valued tradesmen working in the team based at the Nene Valley Factory in Oundle producing the Squadron 65 and Targa 62 Luxury Motor Yachts.

“We have contacted the families to express our deepest condolences and to offer our full support.”

Police say they don’t yet know why the car left the road.

As well as working together, the four men also socialised together.

They were all members of the same darts team at the Red Cow pub in Market Harborough.

Mr McKnight’s partner Sarah Phillips has appealed for the driver of a car that was following the crash car to get in touch with the police, to help explain what happened.

She said: “We want to ask, as a family, for the driver, or anyone else who was in that car, to come forward.”

Floral tributes to the two men have been left at the scene of the crash.

Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to call the Drivewatch Hotline on 0800 174615.

Pub packed for gathering

On Tuesday night the Red Cow cancelled the usual league darts match and held a gathering of darts players from across south Leicestershire and north Northamptonshire to remember Matt and Paul.

The pub was packed. Lee Whitehill, secretary of the Market Harborough and District Men’s Darts League, said: “Basically it was a chance for people from all the teams in the league to pay their respects.”