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Tributes to “fun-loving” Ellie Tweed, 18, who died in A47 collision in Norfolk

18:39 11 November 2011

Submitted image of Ellie Tweed who died in an RTA on the A47 at North Burlingham.

Submitted image of Ellie Tweed who died in an RTA on the A47 at North Burlingham.

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2011

A BUBBLY young woman killed in a horror car crash had a magnetic personality that made a lasting impression on everyone she came into contact with.

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Ellie Tweed’s fun-loving personality and “wicked” sense of humour won her many friends in her home village of Hemsby and beyond, her heartbroken family said this week.

A whirlwind of energy that never sat still Ellie excelled at drama and dance at school but developed a painful back problem in her early teens that prevented her from taking up a dream career on the stage.

Her devastated mother Sue Tweed, 47, of Ryelands, Hemsby, said confident, creative, bubbly Ellie was close to her family including sister Naomi, 24, and brother Robert, 22.

But the teenager who was due to celebrate her 19th birthday later this month was in her element when out with friends hitting local nightspots like Caesars on Great Yarmouth seafront.

“She was a typical drama queen,” her mother said. “She was very bubbly and confident, always smiling.

“She wanted to carry on with the dance and drama but when she developed this slight spinal curvature at aged 13 or 14 she was in a lot of pain. Most of the time she just ignored it and got on with it.”

Like her mother and sister she had a flair for hairdressing often changing her own style and colour but did not follow them into the trade after a spell at Great Yarmouth College while she was still at school.

Always happy, smiling and full of fun she had just finished an enjoyable second season working at Maria’s Restaurant in Hemsby, within walking distance of her home.

“Everybody loved her because of her magnetic personality,” her sister Naomi said. “She would find a friend in anybody and always saw the good in people. She bought people together.”

Her father Alan Tweed, 46, who lives in Gorleston, said she enjoyed happy childhood holidays to Wales.

Ellie was believed to be travelling home from a Halloween party in Norwich with four other young women when the crash happened at 5.30am on November 1 on the single carriageway stretch of the A47 at North Burlingham.

The black Fiat Punto was in collision with a large goods vehicle parked in a layby, close to the Lingwood junction. The car burst into flames following the collision.

Two of the four girls who were with her remain in hospital.

One remains in a critical condition in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, while another is in the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital where her condition is described as “serious.” Two of the girls were released from hospital this week.

Mr Tweed said not knowing what had happened was adding to their upset and that they were all hoping for answers as a result of the police investigation.

A date for the funeral has yet to be set.

Meanwhile the family had nothing but praise for their liaison officer and for traffic police who closed the A47 for 15 minutes to allow them to examine the many flowers left at the scene and take time to gather their thoughts.

Mrs Tweed added that the family including her partner of 17 years Andy Bell were touched and grateful for the many cards, flowers and messages of support since Ellie’s death.

A Norfolk Police spokesman said: “Investigations into the North Burlingham road traffic collision are continuing. Various witnesses are still being spoken to about the incident and we would re-appeal for anyone who saw the manner of driving of a black Fiat Punto on the A47 eastbound close to the Lingwood junction on Tuesday November 1 to come forward.”

The spokesman also appealed to anyone who may have seen a black Fiat Punto being driven at Acle railway station car park on Monday October 31 at about 11.15pm.

Officers are still keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision or stopped at the scene afterwards.

Calls should be made to PC Ian Thexton at Norfolk Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Team on 101.

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