THE family of a young father who died after the off-road motorbike he was riding crashed into a wall has paid tribute to a 'loving, family man' who enjoyed taking his two daughters to the seaside.

Popular Craig Baker, 26, died on October 30 after testing out the bike near a Carlton scrapyard where he worked.

It had been fixed the previous weekend and he had wanted to wait until the weather improved before trying it.

His partner Carly Green, with whom he has children, Keira, five, and Lacey, three, said he doted on his family and worked hard to look after and protect them.

Carly, 24, said: "He was the best and he was a good dad to the kids. He loved us doing things together and taking the kids to the seaside.

"In August, he threw a big party for the girls' birthdays with a bouncy castle. He was just a lovely lad. We were always teasing each other.

"He left me with two precious gifts and I will remind the kids every day of how lovely their dad was."

Craig and Carly had been together for six years and met when she moved next door.

Craig grew up on Leslie Road and attended Hunningley Lane Primary and Elmhurst, which is now Barnsley Academy.

The couple had lived at Birkwood Avenue since 2010.

Carly said he had wanted to take part in off-road bike trials with a friend.

"He was excited to go on the bike, he'd been waiting for the rain to stop. It was the first chance he'd had to go on it.

"That morning the sun was shining and he couldn't resist. His workmate said he was so excited to have a go.

"He had gone to work and it was just a normal day. We never thought anything like that would happen."