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Tributes to A49 crash victims Bill and May Duff

Bill and May Duff
Image caption Bill and May Duff grew up in Liverpool together and got married at the age of 83

Tributes have been paid to 93-year-old childhood sweethearts from Cheshire who died in a four-vehicle collision in Shropshire.

Bill and May Duff, from Wincham near Northwich, were in a car that caught fire following a crash on the A49 at Bayston Hill on 13 September.

They were pulled from the wreck but died in hospital from their injuries.

An inquest into their deaths was opened and adjourned earlier. Their family said they "lived life to the full".

Mr and Mrs Duff were born in Liverpool in 1918 within days of each other. They grew up together and became childhood sweethearts.

'Fondly remembered'

In a statement their family said: "The advent of war saw them separated and they subsequently went their individual ways to marry and raise their families, (Bill a son and daughter, and May three sons and a daughter).

"Both single again, fate brought them together again in 1998 through Bill's brother and they married in 2001 in Liverpool at the grand young age of 83. They lived their lives to the full together in Northwich until tragedy struck on Tuesday afternoon.

"They are fondly remembered with love by all their family and friends."

The collision also involved a Ford C Max, a BMW and a Skoda Octavia estate.

A man and woman in the Ford C Max suffered fractures and other injuries and remain in a serious condition in hospital.

West Mercia Police has renewed its appeal for witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to call police or contact Crimestoppers anonymously.

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