Tributes paid to Thetford grandmother killed in a car crash

A grandmother who died in a car accident has been described as 'the kindest and most generous person you could ever know' in a heartfelt tribute from her family.

Glynis Laidlaw, 62, from Hawthorn Walk in Thetford was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on the A134 at Barnham, near Thetford, last Thursday.

She was a passenger in a grey VW Polo, driven by her daughter Sarah Mann, which was involved in a crash with two other vehicles.

Yesterday, Ms Mann, 37, was still recovering in Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, with her son Callum, seven, who was also a passenger in the vehicle.

Mrs Laidlaw's son Paul, 40, said: 'Anyone who knew Glynis would agree that she was the kindest and most generous person you could ever know and she will be leaving a huge hole in many people's lives.'

He added: 'Her friends absolutely adored her. You can tell by all the cards.'

He said his mother, who was a catering assistant at RAF Barnham, lived for family and all the animals she cared for, including her two rescue cats and garden wildlife. She enjoyed gardening, as well as bingo with her friends.

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Paul said: 'Mum was the hub of our family. She was literally the cement of it.'

Bill, who is a transport manager at RAF Honington, said he and his wife, who have three children and four grandchildren, would have celebrated 42 years of marriage next week.

They met while working at the same department store in County Durham and spent years travelling together through Bill's work as an airman in the RAF before settling in Thetford.

He said the family enjoyed holidays abroad together, and were already booked to go to Cyprus next year.

Bill, 62, said: 'We are in mourning now, but really it's all happy memories.'

On the day of the accident Bill said his wife, who does not drive, had a day off so he had taken her to Bury St Edmunds to go shopping with Ms Mann.

He said she had rung to say she did not need to be picked up as her daughter would drop her off.

'I just came home when I finished work and found the house in darkness and knew something was wrong then,' he said.

Paul said: 'Like my dad said, if it was an illness we would be prepared. It's all pretty hard.'

They wanted to thank all family and friends for their kind thoughts and messages during this difficult time.

Glynis also leaves son Steven, her twin sister Lynn Thompson and her brothers Graham and Norman Herdman.

A date for the funeral has not yet been set yet as it is hoped Ms Mann will be able to attend when she is out of hospital.

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