The family of a deputy head teacher from Shropshire who died in a road accident have paid tribute to the "perfect husband and father".

Andrew Radford, who worked at St John the Baptist primary school in Ruyton XI Towns, died in a three-car collision on the A483 at Welshpool last Thursday.

In a statement, his wife Vicki called Mr Radford "my best friend, soul mate and love of my life".

Mr Radford studied archaeology at York University and settled just outside Ludlow after completing his PGCE teaching qualification.  There he married Vicki and, after the birth of son Sam, they settled in Welshpool. Daughter Alice was born in 2006.

Staff and pupils at the school where he worked are said to be devastated by his death.

The family say he was a talented musician, proficient on piano, guitar, organ and violin, and would often use his skills to help children produce concerts, assemblies and plays.

He took a keen interest in steam railways. Mr Radford was a member of the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway and North Yorkshire Moors Railway societies, and was busy building a model railway in the family's spare room when he died.

"He was very practical and able to turn his hand to most DIY jobs around the home," his family said.  "Our children obviously loved him very much, getting incredibly excited on his arrival home from work."