Nancy was like family to us

Margaret and Keith Jennings, friends of Nancy Gregory.
Margaret and Keith Jennings, friends of Nancy Gregory.

LOVED-ones of a pensioner who was hit by a lorry have paid tribute to a “lovely lady”.

Nancy Gregory, from Luddenden, has now been named as the woman killed in the accident on Burnley Road in Mytholmroyd on Friday afternoon.

The lorry had been queuing at the junction of New Road and was moving to the front of the queue when it hit the 79-year-old as she was crossing the road.

Mrs Gregory was on her way to Diane Cockroft Hair Line on Midgley Road in Mytholmroyd to have her hair done when the tragedy happened.

Margaret and Keith Jennings, of Banksfield Avenue in Mytholmroyd, were close friends of Mrs Gregory.

“She was like family to us,” said Mrs Jennings.

“She was quiet and a bit of a loner but she was a lovely lady.”

Mr Jennings’s mother and father, Fred and Bessie Jennings, were good friends with Mrs Gregory and regularly used to have her over for dinner.

They had met at Fairlea Wool Mill in Luddeden Foot, where Mrs Gregory and Mr Jennings’s father both worked. It is believed Mrs Gregory was a weaver.

After his parents passed away, Mr Jennings and his wife continued the friendship with Mrs Gregory.

Mrs Jennings said: “Before she passed away, Bessie said ‘Look after Nancy’, and we did.

“We used to take her for her hospital appointments and she would come over for dinner.”

They last saw Mrs Gregory the night before the accident, when they went to fix her television. She had arranged to share Sunday lunch with them yesterday.

They discovered she had been killed when they went to visit her on Friday afternoon and found police officers at her home.

“We were shocked,” said Mrs Jennings, “It’s just horrible.”

They said Mrs Gregory enjoyed going into Halifax for lunch most days and went to various places including the cafes at Marks and Spencer and Halifax Bus Station.

She was also a member of the Kershaw Over 50s club.

Anyone who witnessed the accident at 2.10pm on Friday is being urged to call the Major Collision Enquiry Team on 01924 293047.

Police are also keen to determine Mrs Gregory’s movements and so would like to speak to anyone who saw her at any time that day.