Couple mourn son and daughter

A COUPLE yesterday spoke of their heartbreak at losing their son in a motorbike accident just three days after their daughter's funeral. Andrew Potter, 40, of Diss, died last Friday in a crash at the nearby Stuston roundabout, on the Norfolk/Suffolk border.

A COUPLE yesterday spoke of their heartbreak at losing their son in a motorbike accident just three days after their daughter's funeral.

Andrew Potter, 40, of Diss, died last Friday in a crash at the nearby Stuston roundabout, on the Norfolk/Suffolk border. He leaves behind a seven-year-old daughter, Ella, who lives with her mum Yvonne in Diss.

Andrew's sister, Joanne Green, 37, was buried the previous Tuesday, having lost her battle against breast cancer.

Their parents, Jenny and Derek Potter, and sister Rachel, 30, are devastated by the double tragedy.


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They said Andrew had a heart of gold and was a nature lover who enjoyed taking his little girl for walks and rides in the country.

Joanne, who lived near Middlesborough, had moved from Diss in her early twenties. She died on September 27, leaving an eight-year-old son Daniel and husband David.

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Despite being terminally ill, she continued raising money for charity to help other victims of the disease.

Mrs Potter said: “We cannot believe it. We only buried Joanne on the Tuesday and had just come back from the funeral, and on Friday this happened to Andrew. He had been really upset about Joanne and I think he had just starting feeling a little bit better.

“Joanne had been fighting breast cancer for about three years and you just hoped that, with time, the chemotherapy would put it right. She showed so much courage. She did a fashion show last year to raise money for breast cancer, and she was determined to do the Race for Life in May.”

Mrs Potter said Andrew's interest in motorbikes started as a teenager. He used to go scrambling and had bought his latest bike - a blue F-reg Suzuki a couple of months ago, having been without one for a number of years.

He had a very good relationship with his daughter, and liked sharing his knowledge of nature with her, and also had many friends. He lived at Victoria Road, Diss and worked for local firm Bowden Construction.

Mr and Mrs Potter, live at Fair Green, Diss, where they used to run the post office stores, and they have been overwhelmed by the kindness and support they have received.

“People have been wonderful and we have had hundreds of cards,” Mr Potter said.

Andrew's funeral will take place at St Mary's Church, Diss, at noon on Thursday, followed by burial at the cemetery.

Family flowers only have been requested. Any donations should be sent to Butterwick Hospice, Stockton on Tees, care of Rosedale Funeral Home, 63, Victoria Road, Diss, IP22 4JE.

Suffolk Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash, or anyone who saw the motorbike prior to the accident at about 10.15pm on Friday October 7. Any information to PC Ben Coombes at the Ipswich Road Policing Unit, on 01473 613500.

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