Friends’ tributes to popular Alex

Music lover Alex Baron at a festival.
Music lover Alex Baron at a festival.

Tributes have flooded in for a popular 22-year-old Scarborough music lover who died in a crash as he headed home from a festival.

Former Raincliffe School pupil Alex Baron was killed on Monday afternoon when the blue Renault Clio he was a passenger in flipped over on the A64 as he and two friends returned from the Boomtown Festival in Hampshire.

Well-wishers have taken to Twitter and Facebook to pay their respects to the former county runner, as dozens of his closest friends met up for a drink and to light lanterns in memory of the mate they say loved life - and made every second count.

“He always had the ability when you were feeling down to make you smile,” said one of his closest friends Jamie Sillet.

He met Alex on his first day at Raincliffe when he sat next to him, and knew from the off they would be friends forever.

“He was instantly funny, you felt the need to talk to him,” said Jamie.

“He was one of the nicest people - the amount of love he’s getting is unbelievable.”

That love has largely come in the way of tweets from what those close to him say was a diverse group of friends.

Premier Engineering employee Alex was a well-known figure around town, and the accident has hit those who knew him hard, with Max Thompson tweeting: “RIP Alex Baron, pleasure meeting you pal”.

And on Facebook, his close friend Alex Chisholm posted: “Rest in peace my brother. Love you forever.”

But despite his popularity, Alex had a close-knit group of friends - many of whom he spent the best part of last year travelling across Australia with.

One of the eight Scarborough lads who he flew down under with was Nicholas Timmins.

He was due to fly back out to Australia again this week - with Alex having aspirations to eventually follow suit - but has now postponed the trip as he grieves for his friend.

“We are all devastated,” said Nicholas. “Eight of us from Scarborough went to Australia, and we had the time of our lives.

“So while we are all upset at the moment, we can take some comfort knowing that we will always have that time with him and that he enjoyed himself so much.”

Besides travelling, Alex was also a passionate Liverpool fan - classing skipper Steven Gerrard as one of his heroes.

As a teenager, he was one of the quickest distance runners in North Yorkshire, with friends describing him as “an absolute machine.”

As he grew older, his interest in running was replaced by music, and this summer alone attended several festivals including dance-mecca Global Gathering.

There are now plans to channel his party-loving spirit by booking out one of his favourite venues, Bar 2B, to celebrate his life with a night to remember.

“He just needs a good party, that is what he would have wanted,” added Jamie.

Despite emergency services rushing to the collision, Alex was pronounced dead at the scene of the single vehicle crash. The tragic crash occurred at around 3.25pm on the Eastbound carriageway, when the car flipped and ended up in a ditch.

The driver of the vehicle, a 24-year-old man from Scarborough, was taken to York Hospital for minor injuries.

Another male passenger was taken to Leeds General Infirmary, again for minor injuries.

The stretch of road near Tadcaster was closed for more than five hours as officers scoured it for clues to the cause of the crash.

Anybody who witnessed the crash is being urged to contact police on 101.

Alternatively, you can email any information to hamish.halloway@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

Please quote reference number NYP-11082014- 0268 when passing information about this incident.