Family and friends pay tribute to DJ Ashley

Ashley Allard
Ashley Allard

Tributes have been paid to a 30-year-old man from Northampton who died after he was involved in a collision with a motorbike and a car.

Ashley Allard was walking to a DJ club night at the HQ pub in Great Russell Street, Northampton, on Wednesday, February 19, when he suffered fatal injuries in the collision on the Bedford Road, near the Great Houghton junction.

Mr Allard was a well-known figure in the town who regularly went to the HQ as well as The Racehorse pub in Abington Square.

Roger Balfour, manager of the HQ, said: “He will be sorely missed. He was a great lad. I used to go out with him for a drink sometimes after I closed the pub. It is a real shock he has died.

“He used to come to the DJ club we have every week and would do a set for about half an hour and he was really good. He used to play some new house music.”

Mr Balfour said the DJ club held at the pub last night was held in memory of Mr Allard, who lived in Great Houghton and who had attended Wollaston School.

Laura Bayliss, who had known Mr Allard for the past five years from drinking together in The Racehorse, said: “He was a really charming bloke and I worry that he did not realise how much of a nice bloke he was.

“Everybody knew him and liked him.”

On Facebook, Mr Allard’s brother, Emil, wrote that his brother was a “one of a kind” who always knew how to make his family laugh.

He said: “He was always there as a big brother, mentor and friend. I will miss all the good times that we had and the banter we used to throw at each other.

“Thank you all for your kinds words, me, Mum, Dad, Rowan & Jay are still coming to terms. It’s going to be tough but the Allards/Dawsons are a strong breed. R.I.P Ashley – See you on the other side brother.”

Northamptonshire Police has made an appeal for any witnesses to the crash which happened between 7pm and 7.15pm on February 19. The biker involved in the crash suffered serious injuries.

Officers investigating the case have specifically asked for anyone who saw a red 2011 BMW 3 Series in the area between 6pm and 8pm to contact them.

Anyone who was in Bedford Road at that time or has any information about the collision is asked to call Northamptonshire Police on 101 or Drivewatch on 0800 174615.