The family of a long-time Adnams employee, who died suddenly in a crash, have described how he would "do anything for anyone" and was "family driven".

The death of Michael Julings in Halesworth Road in Reydon in April had left a 'hole that can not be filled,' his relatives said, as they described him as 'kind, caring, dedicated and loyal'.

Mr Julings, 63, worked for the Southwold-based brewery for 44 years, driving lorries and working in the warehouse, while he also played a big part in the town's sporting life, having played football for Southwold Town for 20 years and coaching Sole Bay United Juniors - then known as the 'Sole Bay Hunters'.

As well as playing football, he also played cricket, pool and darts and enjoyed fishing and going on family holidays to Florida, while he also played computer games with his grandchildren.

One of the football players coached by Mr Julings went on to play the game professionally, while another became semi-professional.

In addition to his sporting interests, Mr Julings also did bar work for the Southwold branch of armed forces' charity the Royal British Legion and a weekly morning paper round from Bridgefoot Stores in Reydon, after his sons had given it up.

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East Anglian Daily Times: Mr Julings was described as 'kind and caring'Mr Julings was described as 'kind and caring' (Image: The Julings family)He also did a Sunday round with one of his grandsons.

Mr Julings lived in Reydon, near Southwold, with wife Mandy and had four children - daughter Kimberley and sons Wayne, Liam and Zak.

He also has a sister, Teresa and four grandsons - Archie, Oscar, Jasper and Sevren - while his first granddaughter is due in October.

Liam said: "As a person, he would do anything for anyone. He was family-driven, kind, caring, dedicated, loyal, reliable, hardworking and funny.

Describing the news of his death, Liam added: "It was shocking, unbelievable, devastating and sudden. It was completely unexpected and heart-breaking and leaves a hole that can not be filled."

Mr Julings' funeral took place at St Edmund's Church in Southwold on May 9 and raised £500 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance charity.