Tributes have been paid to a 54-year-old Scalford man who was killed in a car accident on Saturday.
Simon Allen (54) was pronounced dead at the scene after his vehicle was in collision with another car around 12.16pmon the A606 Nottingham Road, near Nether Broughton.
He lived with his devastated mother, Janet, on Church Street in the village.
She recalled one of their last conversations was about a family meal they had planned.
Janet (79) said: “He had spoken to his niece on the phone and said he would make her some chips with the black potatoes he had grown in the garden.
“He walked out the door in a cheerful state.
“It was such a shock when the police came to tell us.
“It was a one-in-a-million chance he was driving along there at that time - he always drove carefully and we don’t know yet how it happened.”
Simon lived his entire life in Scalford and was a well-known face in the village.
His mother has been overwhelmed by the support of villagers since the accident.
“I have had lots of cards and flowers and people have been so kind - I am so grateful I live in a village like this,” she said.
“The police have also been very supportive.”
Simon’s early years were spent on the family farm, opposite the village post office.
He attended the local promary school and John Ferneley and King Edward VII Upper Schools in Melton.
Simon had various jobs, including working as a JCB digger driver and a builders’ labourer.
He enjoyed working in his shed at home, making things from recycled materials.
Janet said: “He was always making things from bits of wood and metal and mending things.
“He was a very practical man and he was so helpful to me around the house.”
Simon was a keen supporter of Leicestershire County Cricket Club.
He also loved history and had amassed a huge collection of memorabilia linked to former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.
One of his proudest days was accompanying his mum to Buckingham Palace in 2007 to see her receive an MBE for her tireless community work and charity fundraising.
Simon also leaves a sister Mandy Darby (50), brother-in-law Colin, a nephew Craig (28) and niece Kimberley (25), who all live in Eastwell.
A date for Simon’s funeral has yet to be set.
Simon was driving a black Ford Zetec, which was in collision with a Peugeot 407 - a man and a woman in that car have since been discharged from hospital.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the accident to contact Det Con 1761 Pete Davies on 101 or anonymously on Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.