BAKEWELL: ‘It was a joy to be with her’ – mum’s tribute to 13 bends crash victim

Iris Casey with her daughter Christine Gilman. Photo contributed.
Iris Casey with her daughter Christine Gilman. Photo contributed.

The mother of a woman who died following a car crash on a notorious stretch of road has paid tribute to her “wonderful” daughter.

Christine Gilman, 60, of Miers Lane, Rowland, was involved in a collision with a Ford Transit van on the A619 road between Bakewell and Baslow, known locally as the ‘13 bends’.

She was taken to hospital in Sheffield where she sadly later died.

Her 88-year-old mother, Iris Casey, of Main Street, Great Longstone, said: “I never thought I’d find myself in this position – I just want to sit and cry.

“She was a wonderful, lovely daughter – it was a joy to be with her.”

Much-loved Christine, who lived in the area all her life, was a hairdresser before spending about 20 years working at the Casey family-run newsagents in Great Longstone.

Her brother, Nick, said Christine was a “lovely person” who had many pastimes including walking, swimming and horse riding.

She was a keen singer and performed with Matlock Gilbert and Sullivan Society and the local church choir.

Nick said: “Christine will be so very sadly missed.”

Christine’s partner, Graham, who is in hospital after a hip operation, is said to be devastated.

The family thanked everyone for their flowers and messages of sympathy following the tragedy.

Tributes included a card from youngsters at Longstone Primary School who often stopped by to see Christine in the shop at hometime.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, which happened at about 5.30pm last Tuesday, should call police on 101.