Tributes paid to couple whose bodies were found at Breydon Water

Fire Search and Rescue, the coastguard and the police at Breydon Water's edge to recover two bodies,

Fire Search and Rescue, the coastguard and the police at Breydon Water's edge to recover two bodies, believed to be a man and a woman, from the mud bank. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Tributes have been paid to a 'lovely couple' whose bodies were found at Breydon Water.

Graham and Jennifer Slack, who lived at Laurel Drive, Bradwell, were found on September 29.

Now, neighbours living on their road and adjacent Alder Close have paid tribute to the couple, whose inquest was opened today.

One neighbour, of Alder Close, who wished to remain anonymous, knew Mr Slack from the day he was born, having formerly lived on the same street as a child, before ending up living nearby again in Bradwell.

The 67-year-old said: 'I remember coming home from school one day and there he was. The family moved away soon afterwards but we kept in touch over the years.

'They were a very quiet, pleasant couple, who always had time for people. It was such a shame, and still haunts me.'

Hazel Colson, 43, of Alder Close, said the whole neighbourhood was in 'absolute shock' after the incident, when police were investigating afterwards.

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She said: 'They kept themselves to themselves. I have been living here for 20 years but never really spoke to them other than to say hello, but they seemed like such a lovely couple.

'It was a complete shock.'

One neighbour, also of Laurel Drive, said: 'They were very quiet, private people, so I didn't know them too well, but they would always say 'hello' if you saw them.'

Another added: 'They were very nice.'

Matt Charlton, 39 of Alder Close, said: 'I used to see them about a lot and they were always together. It was such a shock.

'I would always see them tending to their drive and their garden, making it look nice and I think that was something they took a lot of pride in.'

Following a postmortem examination, the medical cause of death for both of them was given as drowning, the inquest heard at Norfolk Coroner's Court this morning.

Sixty-two-year-old Mr Slack was a retired pipe fitter and 63-year-old Mrs Slack was a retired nurse.

The inquest was adjourned until 1pm on May 22 2017 at Norfolk Coroner's Court.