Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Inquest into Death at Bar; FAMILY PAYS TRIBUTE TO DEVOTED DAD

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Inquest into Death at Bar; FAMILY PAYS TRIBUTE TO DEVOTED DAD

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Byline: BARBARA HODGSON Reporter barbara.hodgson@ncjmedia.co.uk @BarbaraHodgson5

THE family of Clayton Davies have paid tribute to the devoted dad, who died after a fall at a Newcastle city centre bar.

The 41-year-old from Wales lost his footing on stairs in Perdu, suffering major head injuries in a "tragic accident" which he could not have survived, an inquest heard on Tuesday. Mr Davies' relatives travelled to Newcastle to attend the hearing and told how they have been left heartbroken at his loss.

Widow Paula, who said she and Clayton had been due to celebrate their 21st wedding anniversary this summer, described her husband as a hard-working family man who was at his happiest around his sons Mitchell, 15, and 13-year-old Brandon.

She said: "He was a very lovely dad - he was devoted to his children and worked so hard to give them everything he could. We had been together since I was 19."

Paula, 42, said her husband had called her on his arrival in Newcastle just before the night out on February 20 which would end in what she called "a tragic, horrendous accident".

"He told me he was going out," she said.

Mr Davies had driven up to the city that Friday ahead of starting a work project with Balfour Beatty.

He held a responsible role with the company, which involved working on the rail network in all weathers, but loved spending his time off at home with his family or taking them on a day out or weekend caravan trip.

He had worked in Newcastle the previous September, and Paula remembers him sending her a photograph of The Angel of the North.

This time, he checked in to the Holiday Inn in Jesmond where he met up with three colleagues for a meal and drinks.

Newcastle Coroner's Court heard the group then took a taxi into town and visited a few clubs and bars before ending up in Perdu in Collingwood Street. After two colleagues returned earlier to the hotel, the third became separated from Mr Davies, by which stage they had drunk several pints of lager plus shorts. …

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