Family’s tribute to crash victim

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A FAMILY has paid tribute to a much-loved grandmother who died in a car accident.

Glynis Laidlaw, 62, of Hawthorn Walk, Thetford, died at the scene of a collision on the A134 in Barnham last Thursday.

Along with husband Bill, also 62, Mrs Laidlaw raised three children – Paul, Sarah and Steven – during a 42-year marriage.

Mr Laidlaw said she was devoted to her family and adored by friends.

“She really lived a good life and the family meant everything to her.

“We have received so many calls because everyone loved her so much,” he said.

Mrs Laidlaw had been shopping in Bury St Edmunds prior to the accident.

She was a passenger in the rear seat of a grey VW Polo being driven by her daughter, Sarah Mann, at the time of the collision. Ms Mann’s son, seven-year-old Callum, was in the front passenger seat.

Ms Mann and Callum were subsequently treated at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, with Ms Mann suffering from a punctured lung and broken collarbone.

Mr Laidlaw said his wife had supported him through his 44 years of service with the RAF, including his service in the Falklands conflict. They both worked at RAF Barnham, where Mrs Laidlaw was employed as a catering assistant.

The couple had met after leaving school, when they worked at the same department store in Consett, County Durham.

After years of travelling due to Mr Laidlaw’s RAF postings, the couple settled in Thetford.

Mrs Laidlaw’s son, Paul, said she was a ‘kind and generous’ person.

“Everyone she knew only had good things to say of her and she would only have good words of others.

“She was the hub of our family and has left a huge hole in our lives,” he said.

The family are waiting for Ms Mann to recover before they confirm the date of the funeral.

She also leaves her twin sister, Lynn Thompson and two brothers.