Croydon hairdresser's Valentine's gift from beyond the grave
By Stacia Baldock
TRAGIC: Ian Hodge, who died in a motorbike crash in Crawley, with girlfriend Candy Davis
The loving girlfriend of a young man who died in a motorcycle accident last week was stunned to receive flowers from her late Valentine on Saturday.
Candy Davis had been in a relationship with 22-year-old Ian Hodge for seven months before his tragic death early last Monday morning.
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And the devastated 19-year-old was still coping with the tragedy when she was handed one last gift of roses and carnations, delivered to her place of work, Headmasters in Croydon's Whitgift Centre.
Candy, a hairdresser, said: "I was pretty taken aback. I suspected he might be doing something like that because he was asking me for my work address a while ago.
"I got a call from my boss on Saturday morning to tell me they had arrived and I went to pick them up straight away.
"There was a little card saying 'To Candy, happy Valentines day, love you loads, your man'."
The happy couple were planning trips to Turkey with Candy's neighbour and children and also a trip to visit Ian's dad, Garry, in New York.
Candy added: "It was always brilliant with Ian, always really nice. He was so funny, he made me laugh every day and I miss him so much."
Ian was set to go to Dubai for work on Sunday and was looking forward to four days off.
He had even dug out his snow goggles ready for Dubai's famous indoor snow park.
Candy, who lived with Ian in Denchers Platt, Langley Green, says support from friends and family is helping her get through and has spoken to Ian's best friend Lee Mikrut, who was riding pillion with Ian the day he died, every day.
She added: "He's found it really hard because he was there with him.
"I know he did everything he could and talking to him every day has really helped."
The crash happened on the A2011 in Three Bridges.