Tributes to Leicester couple John and Patricia Knight killed in crash on A47 in Norfolk
Tributes have been paid to a couple who died in a car crash as they were travelling to spend Christmas with family.
Great-grandparents John, 77, and Patricia Knight, 76, from Aylestone, Leicester, were killed when their car was involved in a collision with another vehicle on the A47 in Wendling, Norfolk.
Passers-by and staff from a hotel saw the couple's car burst into flames and rushed to their aid, pulling them free of the burning vehicle.
However, Mrs Knight died at the scene. Her husband, who was driving, died later that day.
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A 69-year-old woman who was driving the other car remains seriously ill in hospital with multiple injuries.
The couple's son, Stephen, 53, yesterday paid tribute to his parents.
The former Staff Sergeant in the 9th/12th Royal Lancers said: "Mum and dad were on their way to spend Christmas with close family, as they always did.
"The family are devastated by the loss of two such wonderful and loving people.
"They weren't only parents, but also grandparents and great-grandparents. We will always love and remember them. Our thoughts and prayers are with the other lady involved in this tragic accident and also with her family."
The collision happened at 2.35pm on Christmas Eve.
After the couple's Vauxhall Astra ignited, members of the public pulled them from the vehicle.
Paramedics worked to resuscitate Mrs Knight, but she died at the scene.
Her husband died four hours later at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
Stephen said: "We would like to thank the officers of Norfolk Constabulary who have supported us so well through the past few difficult days.
"Also, East Anglian Ambulance Service, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and Norfolk Fire Service.
"Last, and certainly not least, I want to thank the passers-by and hotel staff who were first on the scene and helped remove the victims from the burning vehicles."
An inquest into the couple's death was opened at Norfolk Coroner's Court yesterday.
Mr Knight was a retired proof reader and had worked at printers William Caple, in Morledge Street, in the city.
His wife had worked as an office worker for clothing manufacturer Pantherella, in Hallaton Street, Aylestone.
The couple leave behind Stephen and his wife Donna, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Their funeral takes place on Friday, January 18, in Norwich.
A memorial will be held in Leicester for friends and family. It is to be arranged by Brookfield Bowling Club, in Kimberley Road, Leicester, of which the couple were lifetime members.