Labour MP Ian Mearns pays tribute to passenger killed in plane crash on Queen’s Sandringham Estate

Valerie Barnes, who died in a plane crash on the Queen's Sandringham Estate. Picture: COURTESY OF CH

Valerie Barnes, who died in a plane crash on the Queen's Sandringham Estate. Picture: COURTESY OF CHRONICLE LIVE - Credit: Archant

An MP has paid tribute to 'a genuine friend' who died in the plane crash on the Queen's Sandringham Estate.

Handout photo issued by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch of the scene of a light aircrash in N

Handout photo issued by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch of the scene of a light aircrash in Norfolk, where a pilot in his 50s and a female passenger in her 70s died. Picture: Air Accidents Investigation Branch/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Two people were killed in the crash in Wolferton - pilot Nigel Dodds, 58, from Gateshead, and passenger Valerie Barnes, 73, from neighbouring Whickham.

MORE: Tributes paid to passenger Valerie Barnes, from Gateshead, killed in plane crash on Queen's Sandringham EstateSpeaking in the House of Commons on Thursday, September 14, Gateshead MP Ian Mearns said school-worker Ms Barnes was a friend and praised the efforts she made for her school.

He said: 'Val used to be the school administrator at Kelvin Grove Primary School, where I am the chair of the governors.

'She was a volunteer with the breakfast club and worked with the parent-teacher association.

MORE: Pilot's 'distraught' SOS call moments before tragic plane crash on Queen's Sandringham Estate'She was a long-standing governor and a genuine friend of the school, with her energetic enthusiasm, her vibrant personality and her real passion for the school and its children.

'She will be very sadly missed.'


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