Family tribute to ‘Granddad Grumps’

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THE family of a Lutton man killed in a road accident have paid tribute to him, calling him “the sunshine on a cloudy day”.

Graham Carter (67) died on February 1 when his silver Citroen Xsara Picasso was in collision with a blue Iveco Ford lorry on Market Street, Long Sutton.

In a statement released by his family, they said Graham will be “so desperately missed” by everyone, particularly his wife of 44 years, five children and nine grandchildren, who called him ‘Granddad Grumps’.

The family have received hundreds of cards, which are tribute to the many good friends they have made over the years and the people’s lives Graham touched.

“Graham was a wonderful person,” his family said.

“He was well known for his ability to make people laugh, to help others whenever he could and to always look on the bright side of life.

“He was known as being the sunshine on a cloudy day.”

Former MOD Police Sergeant Graham worked with the local ATC and Cubs group and was bandmaster of the ATC band.

He played the bugle and the E-flat Cavalry trumpet in the Kings Troop Royal Artillery and retained a passion for it his whole life.

One of his proudest moments was meeting the Queen in 2007. She shook his hand and he vowed never to wash it again.

Police are still appealing for witnesses to the collision, which took place just before 6pm on February 1.

Anyone with information is asked to ontact the witness hotline on 01522-558855 or 0300-111-0300.