Husband’s tribute to crash victim Norah, 61

Norah Fairhurst
Norah Fairhurst

THE husband of a Wigan woman killed in a town centre collision has paid a heartfelt tribute to his wife.

Norah Fairhurst, 61, tragically died after a collision with a lorry in Wigan, following the incident on Ashton’s Gerard Street on Saturday afternoon.

Norah will be sadly missed by all her family and friends who have been stunned by this tragic accident. May she rest in peace

Norah’s husband Michael

Norah’s husband Michael said: “She was a loving wife, sister, sister-in-law, auntie, great auntie and friend. She had a strong faith and looked forward to the visits from the local priest, Father Ron.

“She enjoyed reading and watching television and adored her two cats. Norah will be sadly missed by all her family and friends who have been stunned by this tragic accident. May she rest in peace.”

Messages of condolences have poured in from social media.

And the community has also voiced their horror after it was reported ghouls took pictures of the 61-year-old as she lay dying.

The same vile thing happened when 82-year-old pensioner Irene Ditcher was fatally injured in an accident with a lorry earlier this year and also had her purse stolen.

Writing on Facebook, Norah’s niece Julie Featherstone said this was the latest in a series of family tragedies in recent months.

She wrote: “It was my aunty, Norah Fairhurst. Tragedy at 61. Her sister died tragically eight weeks ago too. Devastated doesn’t describe it adequately.”

She added: “This will be our fourth tragic death in two months. My heart also goes out to the driver, it’ll be hard to live with for him.”

Bryn councillor Nathan Murray said: “I was shocked and saddened when I was first told about this. This is incredibly sad news.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the lady involved; it must be an

incredibly difficult time for them.

“I have had several residents from my ward contact me about this incident since it occurred and all are deeply shocked and upset, as I suspect are most residents from Ashton and Bryn.

“I’ll be working with the police to make sure the investigation is dealt with effectively and I urge any witnesses with any information to pass it onto them.”

Messages of condolence have since poured onto social media for Norah.

Eyewitness Lesley Seddon said: “I was there. I tried to help by stopping people from going past.

“It was an awful sight. Heroes on the day are two gents who went under the wagon to try to help the lady plus a nurse called Claire who dialed 999 and tried her best even tho she was in deep shock herself.”

And Facebook was inundated with disgusted comments from residents after learning some witnesses may have been taking pictures at the scene.

Christine Toase said: “It’s disgusting that some people’s first reaction is to take a picture instead of trying to help!”

Alison Myler added: “The thought that some took pictures makes me sick to the stomach. That could have been my mum.”

And Deana Whittle wrote: “God forgive them, absolutely heartless, they are a disgrace. Condolences to the lady’s family.”

Coun Murray has called for extra road safety measures to be taken in Ashton following the tragedy.

He added: “I have had scores of residents bringing up the issue of parked cars on Gerard Street.

“It is becoming an increasing problem in Ashton with the increase of takeaways in the town centre and sometimes people are staying there for more than quarter of an hour with their engine running while they run into the shop.

“This makes it difficult for other drivers moving around the busy area.

“Along with other councillors, I will strive to see some action being taken in an attempt to reduce this.”

The collision took place at 2.45pm. Anyone with details is asked to ring police on 101.At around 2.45pm on Saturday, there was a collision between a woman in her 70s and a lorry on Gerard Street, Ashton-in-Makerfield.

The woman was critically injured and sadly died at the scene.