A family has paid tribute to a father-of-two who was killed while out walking his dog in Pendle.

Stuart Mather, 60, of Leet Road, Higham was out walking with his Scottish terrier, Hamish, along Barrowford Road on Monday when he was struck by two cars shortly after 5pm.

He was taken by air ambulance to Royal Blackburn Hospital but died later. His dog, also died.

A tribute penned by his family, including sons Alexander and Iain, said: “Stuart was a keen member of East Lancs CAMRA and also very much enjoyed his time following Lowerhouse Cricket Club and Burnley Football Club, where he also collected the Claret and Blue bonds.

“Stuart was always a popular, jovial person who very much enjoyed the company of his many friends and family.

He was a devoted father and grandfather and had spent the last few years caring for his mother and his expanding family.

“He will be sorely missed and fondly remembered by all that knew him."

A neighbour of Mr Mather’s, who did not want to be named, said: “I just can’t believe it.

"It really hasn’t sunken in yet. Stuart was a lovely man and his dog was just lovely too.

“We buried Hamish in my garden yesterday. He would always be coming over for scraps of chicken. Stuart really loved him.

“The whole thing is just so sad, I can’t get my head around it.”

Higham councillor James Starkie said: “This is an incredibly sad accident that saw a man out walking his dog never return home.

“I have been past the site and it must have been terrifying to see the accident unfold.

“My thoughts are with Mr Mather’s family and friends.

“It seems to be just a terrible accident.”

Mr Mather leaves behind his mother Elizabeth, sons Alexander and Iain, grandson James and many other family and friends.

Police are still asking witnesses to contact them on 01772 410465.