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Tribute paid to Cumbrian couple who died following collision

Mark Whitworth, 57, and Joyce Smith, 64, died in the collision. Credit: Cumbria Police

The family of a couple from Cumbria who died following a collision in Rutland have paid tribute to them today.

Mark Whitworth, 57, and Joyce Smith, 64, from Scotby, died following a two-vehicle crash on the A1 in Tinwell last Wednesday.

All can take some comfort in the knowledge that the couple, who had spent the last 25 years together, died suddenly and side by side with little suffering.”

– The family of the victims

The incident happened at around 5.10pm on the southbound carriageway of Great North Road (A1) about 300 metres south of the junction with the A6121, Leicestershire.

Mr Whitworth, who worked for Cumbria County and Carlisle City Councils for more than three decades, and Ms Smith, a former St Aidan’s school teacher and director of Redcrest Holidays, had been travelling south to visit family at the time of the collision.

Mr Whitworth and Ms Smith, who were the driver and passenger in a white Citreon C3, were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of a white Kia Sportage sustained minor injuries and was taken to Peterborough Hospital for treatment.

Leicestershire Police are continuing to appeal for information from the public following the collision, including asking anyone who saw either vehicle beforehand or who witnessed the collision to contact police as well as anyone who has dashcam footage from the area at the time of the incident.

Anyone with any information should contact 101.