Tributes to young farmer killed in hay bale accident

Tributes have been paid to a young farmer who died following an accident in Cumbria.

Nathan Atkinson was killed after reportedly becoming trapped under a large hay bale on 19 December on a farm in Lowick Bridge in Ulvertson.

Emergency services were called at 3.45pm but the 26-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Mr Atkinson was captain of Coniston Cricket Club, which paid tribute to him as their “captain, leader and friend, never to be forgotten”.

He also taught cricket at Dallam School near Milnthorpe.

Anne Hall, who represents Broughton and Coniston on South Lakeland District Council, told local press Mr Atkinson was a “truly giving person”.

“It’s absolutely heartbreaking. The whole of Crake Valley is devastated,” she said.

“Nathan’s family had gone to see his sister in New Zealand and he had volunteered to stay behind to feed the cows.

“They have returned home now. One of the large bales had fallen on him. When the police and fire service arrived it was already too late.”

‘Giving person’

She added: “He masterminded the funding for Coniston Cricket Club’s new cricket pavilion and gave a lovely speech at the grand opening.

“I am a cricket fan and before the new pavilion was built around eight to 10 people used to visit regularly.

“Now thanks to Nathan that number is nearer 40.

“He was such a giving person. Nothing was ever too much trouble for him.

“He used to go to the primary school to help teach the youngsters cricket. He also worked at Dallam. He loved his farming and was from a big farming family. He will be sadly missed.”

Mr Atkinson’s funeral service took place on Friday (3 January). Donations to Coniston Cricket Club are being accepted via Co-op Funeralcare. Tel 01229 582167.