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Couple killed in crash day after diamond wedding named

Dennis and Doreen Green
Image caption Dennis and Doreen Green had been due to attend a party to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary

A "treasured" elderly couple killed in a car crash the day after they celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary have been named.

Dennis Green, 81 and his wife Doreen, 80, died in the two-vehicle smash on 5 April at Gate Helmsley, near York.

The couple were described as "treasured and much loved parents, grandparents and great-grandparents".

In a statement released after the crash, their family said: "We will all miss them more than words can say."

Relatives said Mr and Mrs Green, from Strensall in York, loved sequence dancing, took frequent holidays and enjoyed a "very active social life".

'Huge empty space'

They described the couple as "well known and respected" in the village where than had lived for more 50 years, adding "their loss will be keenly felt both there and amongst their wide circle of friends".

The family said: "They had celebrated 60 years of marriage the day before the tragic accident, and a family party had been planned for the weekend.

"Their loss will leave a huge empty space at the head of our close family, but we will draw strength from each other and from the happy memories we all have of them.

"They had a wonderful and happy marriage and we draw some small comfort from the fact that they are still together."

The crash happened at about 13:20 BST, on Northgate Lane, Gate Helmsley.

Mr Green was driving their Citroen Xsara and his wife was a passenger at the time of the collision with a Land Rover Defender travelling the other way.

The driver of the Land Rover, a man in his 20s, was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

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