Tribute to couple who died in M11 crash

The eldest son of a Fakenham couple killed in a crash on the M11 paid tribute to his mother and father today , saying he will remember them forever for their “love, laughter and support.

The eldest son of a Fakenham couple killed in a crash on the M11 paid tribute to his mother and father today , saying he will remember them forever for their “love, laughter and support.”

Leslie Hogston, 70, and his wife Anna, 71, died on Friday following an accident just after 7pm on the southbound carriageway of the M11 at Ugley, in Essex, about seven miles before the Stansted Airport junction.

Their youngest son, David Hogston, 39 and from Surrey, had been driving the red Peugeot 406 in which they were travelling when it crashed into trees and shrubs at the side of the road and flipped over.

Former RAF engineer Mr Hogston, from Peckover Road, died at the scene and Mrs Hogston died shortly after being admitted to Princess Alexandra Hospital, in Harlow.

David suffered severe shock and other injuries that were not life-threatening.

The couple's oldest son Peter Hogston, in his 40s and who lives in Norfolk, said the family had been inundated with tributes from people far and wide following the tragic accident.

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“It is very apparent that their presence and spirit touched many people throughout their time. It is equally apparent they will painfully missed by everyone, not least by their two sons and their wives, and five grand children.

“They will be remembered for their love, laughter and support.”

Mr Hogston, originally from Lewisham, in London, joined the Royal Air Force when he was just 15 to train as an airframes and engines engineer. He was later stationed at RAF West Raynham and it was during his time there in the 1950s that he met the future Mrs Hogston at a dance in Fakenham.

Mrs Hogston, who was then working as a receptionist telephonist in the town, was born in Steeple Bumpstead, Essex, and brought up in Fakenham.

The couple married in 1959 when they moved to Norwich, and they went on to have two sons.

Mr Hogston's RAF career took the family across the world including Singapore where Peter said they endured curfews, riots and periods of civil unrest as well as Mr Hogston seeing active service in the jungles of Borneo. Mr Hogston was also posted in Germany for three years.

Peter said their stints abroad were always interspersed with visits to Norfolk where the family eventually settled. When Mr Hogston left the Royal Air Force in 1977, the couple set up a home and business in Fakenham.

Peter said: “They became actively involved in the local community of Fakenham where many clubs and associations have benefited from the tireless efforts of this loving couple.”

Anyone with information on the crash should call Essex Police on 01376 330722.

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