Family’s tribute to their ‘brightest star’

Rory Campbell Kenneth ANL-141211-104517001
Rory Campbell Kenneth ANL-141211-104517001

The family of a teenager killed in a quad bike accident just outside Newmarket have described him as their “brightest star.”

Eighteen-year-old Rory Campbell Kenneth, pictured, died after the quadbike he was riding crashed into a tree in Queen Street in Cowlinge in the early hours of Sunday.

Volunteer Suffolk Accident Rescue Service Dr Andy Mason worked with local ambulance crews to try and save Mr Campbell Kenneth who had suffered critical injuries in the crash and accompanied him in the ambulance to Addenbrooke’s Hospital but he was pronounced dead in the accident and emergency unit.

“We did everything we could to try and save this young man but his injuries were very severe,” said Dr Mason. “It is so desperately sad when the life of someone so young ends when they have so much ahead of them.”

Mr Campbell Kenneth’s family home was in Maidenhead in Berkshire but he had recently moved to Cowlinge where he had just started work for a local landowner after spending two years at agricultural college where he had gained his extended diploma in gamekeeping and wildlife management.

In a statement, his family said: “His passion for outdoor life along with his razor-sharp wit and genuine caring attitude endeared him to others. He has left behind a devastated family and the huge deluge of emails and cards we have received are testament to the constant source of energy and fun that was Rory. The brightest star in our life has gone out.”