HUNDREDS of people have paid tribute to a much-loved dad who tragically died in a motorcycle crash in Tyldesley.

As reported by the Journal, a 29-year-old man died after crashing his motorcycle into a brick gate post on Rutland Road on Tuesday, April 18.

It is believed that the man lost control of the vehicle and collided with the post of a residential address.

Emergency services rushed to the accident on Rutland Road, but the 29-year-old tragically died at the scene.

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Following the report yesterday morning, friends and family members have since named the victim of the crash as Anthony Draper, a dad-of-five and former Fred Longworth pupil from Tyldesley.

Highlighting how Anthony was a much-loved member of the community, hundreds of tributes have been posted on the Journal's Facebook page and elsewhere on social media.

Tons of messages of condolence have been also posted to support the family, who are being supported by specialist police officers.

Following the tragedy, a fundraiser has been set up to support the family and help with funeral costs; with the intention to give Anthony the "best send off he deserves".

Tribute to 'amazing' dad

A comment from Jenny Draper on the fundraiser reads: "[I] can’t believe I’m writing this.

"As some of you will already know Anthony Draper unfortunately had a tragic accident last night and didn’t pull through.

"He was an amazing son, dad, brother, boyfriend, nephew and cousin. You will be greatly missed by all that knew you. No day will ever be the same without you.

"Love you my son. RIP.

"Any contribution is greatly received no matter how small to help to give Anthony the best send off he deserves."

To support the Draper family and help pay for the funeral costs, you can donate to the fundraiser here.