TRIBUTES have been paid to an "incredible" and "amazingly talented" dad.

Stephen Cooke died after a crash on the A36 near Salisbury, between Wilton and South Newton shortly before 9pm on Thursday, October 8.

The 66-year-old from Dilton Marsh was pronounced dead at the scene after the collision, which involved his motorbike only.

His daughter Alice Cooke said: "There aren’t enough words in the world to describe this incredible man who was not only a dad but a good friend to us all because we are such a close-knit family.

"Dad was such an amazingly talented man – a force of nature really.

"He had a love for the daring and dangerous at times and all through his life he enjoyed adventure."

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"He also had an energetic free spirit which was eccentric in as much as he would try anything and create so much happiness in his unique, creative way," she added.

"He loved riding motorbikes which he had done throughout his life.

"He was so musically talented too – being able to sing, lead choirs and play the church organ; most recently he was playing regularly for St Mary’s, Bathwick.

"He was also extremely skilful with his hands – making musical instruments; both designing and building them.

"The family business, working with his son and my brother, of church organ restoration allowed him to showcase this talent.

"He will be deeply missed by everybody for all the above, but his spirit and love of life will remain in our lasting memories of him."