Friends of a popular Oxford landlord who has died following a car crash on Christmas Day have described him as 'a larger than life character'.

Thomas Pritchard died in the John Radcliffe Hospital on Wednesday, one week short of his 32nd birthday.

He was seriously injured in the collision on the A338 between East Hanney and Frilford on Christmas Day last year.

The crash has already claimed the life of 61-year-old Jean Houston from East Hanney.

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Mr Pritchard, attended Botley Primary School and Abingdon School before studying at Leeds University.

Michael Windsor, head of Abingdon School, said: "Tommy was a well liked student whilst at Abingdon and I know our entire community will join me in sending our sincere condolences to Tommy's friends and family at this very difficult time."

Tommy's parents Paul and Sarah paid tribute to their only son, praising his ability as "a keen sportsman" who enjoyed rugby and cricket, both at university and locally in Oxford, and was also a keen golfer.

"Tommy was the only son of Paul and Sarah Pritchard," they said.

Most recently Tommy became the landlord and head chef at The Fox Inn in Boars Hill.

He was an experienced local landlord having previously worked in Oxford pubs including the Bear Inn and The Punter.

Under his management The Fox was praised for making drinkers feel just as welcome as diners.

His vision was for a traditional village pub with good food on offer.

Last August he told the Oxford Mail: “I wanted to run a pub, not a restaurant."

Adam Dewar often faced Tommy as an opponent in pub sports, mainly Aunt Sally which he played for his Fox Boars Hill team.

He said "he left a lasting impression on anyone he met".

"He was a larger than life character who was the life and soul of The Fox. Oh, and he was a fantastic chef. The food provided on Aunt Sally evenings was unrivalled.

"He will definitely be sadly missed but fondly remembered.

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"When the dust settles we will reach out to The Fox Aunt Sally team for a game in Tommy's memory."

Today the pub was shut with a message on its website: “ The Fox Inn is currently closed, the team are busy working away and hoping to be re-opened in the coming weeks.”

Tommy had been a member of the Frewen Club in St Aldates since 2014.

The club messaged members to announce Tommy's passing "with great sadness".