Woman dies in crash on 65th wedding anniversary

Norah Graham
Image caption Norah Graham died in the crash in Fence on Wednesday

An elderly woman died in a car crash in a Lancashire village on her 65th wedding anniversary.

Norah Graham, 85, was a passenger in a Vauxhall Astra which was in a collision in Barrowford Road, Fence, at about 1335 BST on Wednesday.

Her 85-year-old husband Stewart, who was driving, suffered a broken neck and is in a serious condition.

The driver of a red Astra, a 52-year-old woman from Burnley, and her passenger suffered minor injuries.

Both were taken to hospital to be treated for whiplash injuries but have since been discharged.

'So saddened'

Mrs Graham's daughter, Eileen De-Maine, of Accrington, said: "My mum and dad were married in 1946 and yesterday was their 65th wedding anniversary.

"I am so saddened for our loss but I know Mum has gone to a better place.

"She worked at Foxhall Bank, Oswaldtwistle Co-op, R G Smiths and at Accrington Victoria.

"My mum loved baking and feeding the birds. She was a church-goer at St Phillips near to where she lived.

"They used to go and watch the cricket at Accrington. She leaves behind my dad, her brother, my brother, her daughter-in-law and myself, as well as two grandchildren and two great grandchildren."

Sergeant Malcolm Bell said: "This is an incredibly tragic incident and a full investigation into the cause of the collision is now under way.

"I would appeal to anybody who witnessed it to contact police."

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