Family’s grief as attack victim dies

The cordoned off area of Queen Street, Morecambe on Monday.
The cordoned off area of Queen Street, Morecambe on Monday.

Tributes have been paid after the death of a well-known pop man who ‘always had a smile on his face’.

Paul Ormerod, widely known as ‘Pop Man Paul’, lost his fight for life in hospital on Thursday morning after being attacked earlier this month.

Mr Ormerod, 55, was punched in the face on Queen Street in the early hours of November 5. He suffered a head injury and never regained consciousness.

A self-employed father of two, Mr Ormerod delivered fizzy pop around the estates of Lancaster for about 30 years in his recognisable yellow and white vans.

He was the eldest of three children, with two brothers Gary and Kevin.

He had a son Connor and daughter Lynn, and was devoted to his mum Joan, living with her on Williamson Road in Lancaster as her carer.

His family said in statement: “We are devastated by what has happened.”

“Paul was a quiet man who was well known and liked in the local community.

“He will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.”

Friend Michael Mcnamara said: “He was the friendliest guy I’ve ever known.

“He always had a smile on his face and had a wicked sense of humour. He used to wind us all up for fun with his quirks and his pranks.”

David Meehan, another friend, said: “He was hard working and a good dad who looked after his mother, and a big fan of West Ham United.”

*Christopher Kearns, 40, of Marine Road East in Morecambe, appeared at Preston Crown Court on Monday charged with murder. He was remanded in custody and will appear again on February 22. Provisional trial date is April 2.