An inquest is due to be opened this week into the death of a West Cumbrian scaffolder and former bouncer who died on the A66 last month.

Keith Moore, 42, of Egremont, was pronounced dead following a three-car crash on the A66 alongside Bassenthwaite Lake, near Keswick, on Good Friday.

Mr Moore was on his way home from work at Keswick Scaffolding Services Ltd when the collision occurred.

His boss said he had been keen to complete his work early so he could get back and hand out Easter eggs to the youngsters in his family.

The inquest is due to be opened and adjourned by area coroner Kirsty Gomersal on Wednesday, May 15.

It is expect that it will resume in September.

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In a statement released after Mr Moore died, his family said: “Keith, who many people knew as Big Bear, partner to Michelle and dad to Jack, Ellie and Danielle, was cheeky and funny and someone who liked to play jokes on people.

“He was really loveable and you could never fail to love him.

“He always put everyone before himself and was a real role model to others.

“He liked fishing and hunting and loved the outdoors. He also loved his job and loved being with the lads.”

Mr Moore had worked for scaffolding firms across West Cumbria.

Robert Nelson, owner of the Keswick business, said: “He was a real character. He loved banter. There was no malice in him.

“He’s a legend in the scaffolding world. If there was a stereotypical scaffolder he was it.

“There were two lads in his team and he was like a father figure to them rather than a chargehand. There’s a huge gap in the business now.”

Mr Moore had previously been a door supervisor who worked at venues across West Cumbria, including at Whitehaven, Workington and Cockermouth for One To One (Cumbrian Security) Ltd, run by Jon Hogg and Kevin Sanders.

Mr Hogg said: “He was funny, outgoing, and always playing practical jokes. He was hard to take seriously sometimes.

“He was always cheerful and lifted everybody’s mood. He’ll be sadly missed.”