AJ Pritchard-Allen

The family of a former West Norfolk boy who died in a tragic accident have paid tribute to their outdoor-loving son.

AJ (Anthony John) Pritchard-Allen, was just three-years-old when he died on April 20.

His mum Tanya Allen said AJ had experienced more than most children did in a lifetime.

She said: “He was a big outdoor boy. He couldn’t bear to be stuck inside, even if it was raining or snowing he had to be outside.

“He was a big character for his age and he loved tractors and animals –especially horses – and loved horse riding.”

AJ was born in King’s Lynn and lived in South Wootton with his mum and dad, Joe Pritchard, until the family moved to Soham in Cambridgeshire in 2015, shortly before AJ’s sister Scarlett, now 2, was born. He loved to help his dad in his job as a gamekeeper and enjoyed spending time at his mum’s workplace at an equestrian stud.

Miss Allen said: “There were not many days he was inside. He was 100 miles per hour and never stopped until it was bedtime.”

AJ’s funeral will be held tomorrow (Saturday) at Mintlyn crematorium at 11am.

His family have requested that no black is worn but instead are asking people to wear bright colours and wellies – AJ’s favourite. Miss Allen said: “Every day was a welly day for AJ. Even in the summer he wore shorts and wellies.”

Friends from the shooting and equestrian world are asked to wear their appropriate attire.

Family flowers only. Donations for Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust can be made at the service or via Thornalley Funeral Services.