Fenland councillor killed in A47 crash near Wisbech

Minute's silence planned for vice president of Wisbech Town FC

A FENLAND councillor and former editor has been killed in a two-vehicle crash on the A47 Wisbech bypass on Monday.

Roger Green was driving a a blue Nissan Almera which was involved in a head-on collision on the A47, close to the junction with Broad End Road, Walsoken, on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border, at 3pm.

He was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, by Magpas Helimedix but died from his injuries.

His widow paid tribute to him saying: 'He was a lovely man, he loved his town of Wisbech to which he considered to be the capital of the Fens. He will be a great loss to Wisbech, his friends and his family.'


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Council leader Alan Melton also paid tribute to Mr Green, a former editor of the Wisbech Standard. 'Yesterday's tragic news is a great shock to everyone at Fenland District Council. Roger has been a good friend and colleague to all of us for many years. He has served his ward, the town of Wisbech and Fenland with passion and dedication.

'This sad news of Roger's death leaves a big hole in the political arena of Fenland District Council. For the last two years Roger was chairman of the planning committee, a post that he thoroughly enjoyed and carried out with fairness and diligence.

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'Roger was of my closest confidantes, his advice and guidance was always of great value. When I was elected leader of the council last year, his support was unwavering. Never afraid to praise or criticise, he was good friend. I shall really miss him. Our thoughts, condolences and prayers are all now for Margaret and his family'.

Mr Green, of Ardleigh Close, Wisbech, was on his way home from a Golden Age Fair meeting at Fenland Hall in March when the crash took place.

He was involved with numerous charities in the town and was vice-president of Wisbech Town Football Club.

Spencer Larham, editor of the Fenmen's website, said in a statement: 'It is with great sadness that we learned of the untimely death of Roger Green in a road traffic accident.

'Roger was well known at the club, having served as chairman and press officer to name just two positions he has occupied. When he resigned as a director of the club a few years ago he was given the honorary title of vice-president.

'It is hoped that a minute's silence can be observed at our game against March tonight and at the home pre-season friendly against Holbeach on Saturday.

'The club wishes to pass on its condolences to Roger's family at this difficult time.'

The road was closed for several hours between the road's roundabouts with the A1101 Churchill Road and the B198 Lynn Road.

The male driver of the other vehicle, an Audi estate, suffered arm and leg injuries while a female passenger received internal injuries.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or the manner of driving of either vehicle prior to the collision are asked to contact Serious Collision Investigation Team on 0845 456 4567.

The road was closed for several hours between the road's roundabouts with the A1101 Churchill Road and the B198 Lynn Road.

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