Family pay tribute to woman who died at Brighton Speed Trials

Posted On 11 Sep 2012 at 9:11 am

The family of Charlotte Tagg, who died at the Brighton Speed Trials on Saturday, have paid tribute to the adventurous 38-year-old mother of three.

They said: “Charlotte was a unique woman who lived a full, adventurous life on her own terms.

“She touched the lives of many with her sunshine and smiles and will be missed by all.”

Charlotte Tagg

She was riding with Roger Hollingshead, a 63-year-old mechanic, from Catford in London, when she died in a crash in Madeira Drive, Brighton, shortly after 6pm on Saturday (8 September).

Mr Hollingshead, who was unable to stop before slamming into a barrier, suffered serious injuries and is still in hospital in a critical condition. The speed trials were abandoned.

Charlotte lived in Beck Row, near Mildenhall, in Suffolk. Her family said: “We appreciate all the condolences and heartwarming tributes paid to Charlotte online and wish a speedy recovery to the rider.

“Charlotte was tragically taken from us taking part in a sport she loved, living her life her way.

“She leaves three beautiful children and a grieving family.”

A friend, Paul “Midge” Gordon, said: “She died doing what she loved doing.

“She was a bubbly woman with a zest for life – always saw the good in you and had a positive outlook on everything.

“She could lighten up a dull room and her friends will always remember her and she will be sadly missed.”

The speed trials were organised by the Brighton and Hove Motor Club and first held in 1905.

A spokesman extended the club’s condolences to Charlotte’s family and said that those running the speed trials worked hard to meet safety standards.

Sussex Police urged witnesses or anyone with photographs or videos of what happened to call officers on 101.

Charlotte Tagg and Roger Hollingshead at the Brighton Speed Trials on Saturday

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