A TEENAGE couple were killed when their motorbike collided with two tractors.
Bradley Cooper, 18, of Coxs Close, South Woodham Ferrers, and Abbey Parker, 17, of Mayland, were on their way to Ford Dunton, near Basildon, for the 13th annual motorcycle run, a charity event for Essex Air Ambulance.
But at 9.30am on Sunday, the blue Yamaha motorcycle they were riding collided with a red Case International tractor and then a green and yellow tractor on Lower Burnham Road, North Fambridge.
An Essex Air Ambulance attended, but nothing could be done to save the young couple, who were pronounced dead at the scene.
A 43-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death while driving uninsured, but has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.
Since the accident, an outpouring of grief has been shown by the local community, with dozens of flowers laid at the scene and a Facebook group attracting over 6,400 "likes" conveying heartfelt messages for the couple.
Abbey's mum, Louise, dad, Stewart and brother Carlo Parker, of The Drive, Mayland, left a tribute to her yesterday, saying: "Abbey was a fun, bubbly and a wonderful daughter, sister, niece and granddaughter. Abbey lived life to the full everyday.
"Abbey was a keen dancer from a young age, through school and into her teenage years. She was doing an apprenticeship in hairdressing in a local hair salon in Burnham owned by her family.
"Abbey's entire family are going to miss her more than words can describe.
"The family wish to thank everyone for their kind words and flowers at this difficult time and it is greatly appreciated by us all."
The couple had been pupils at William de Ferrers School, in South Woodham Ferrers, where Abbey's mum works as a science technician.
Bradley's family also paid tribute, writing: "For the short time Bradley was with us, every moment was a joy and every joyful moment we had we shall cherish in our hearts forever. He always woke in the morning with a smile and went to bed with a smile.
"He spoke to and brought joy to everyone he met. He was a kind and considerate friend, loyal brother, looking out for his sisters and the most wonderful son and treasured grandson anyone could ask for. Never judging, only loving. Thank you for every moment of joy you have brought us all, and will still bring in our wonderful memories.
"Our love for you is a journey, starting at forever and ending at never, you wonderful, special young man.
"You are now together with your wonderful, darling Abbey, no one will ever keep you apart."