Woman dies in holiday bike crash tragedy

TRIBUTES have been paid to a 41-year-old Filey woman who died in a crash while on holiday in Germany.

Gillian Slone tragically died at the scene of the accident last Saturday. Her husband Paul Slone remains in a coma.

The couple were just three days into their 10-day motorcycle tour of Germany and Austria when they were involved in a head-on collision just outside Offenburg.

Forty four-year-old Mr Slone, who works at Raflatac in Eastfield, has been placed in an induced coma because of his injuries, and is currently in intensive care at a hospital in Offenburg.

Back at home family and friends have paid tribute to Mrs Slone, describing her as a “wonderful woman who was always full of life”.

Richard Hodgson, a relative speaking on behalf of Gillian’s family, said: “Gillian and Paul really enjoyed motoring, and had been looking forward to their tour for months.

“The family is coping as well as can be expected. We just cannot believe she is gone.

“Gillian was always full of life. She was the life and soul of any family get together. You could always hear her above everyone else.

“As well as motoring, Gillian loved beading, gardening, and training her beloved scottie Archie. We will all miss her very much.

“We all hope for a full and speedy recovery for Paul. We are receiving daily bulletins from the hospital through their travel insurance company, who have gone above and beyond their remit with help and advice, as have Bernards Funeral Directors, and others.

“We hope to have news of repatriation by the end of this week.”

Mrs Slone, who lived with her husband in Wharfedale, was born and raised in Filey, attending Filey School, and working at the Filey branch of Thorpe and Co Solicitors as a probate clerk for six years.

Jane Nickson, director at the Filey branch of Thorpe and Co, said: “Gillian was a valued member of staff and a good friend to all of us. She was very much treasured and we are devastated. We will all miss her tremendously.”

Mrs Slone’s family have been told German police are investigating the collision, which is believed to have been caused by an oncoming vehicle on the wrong side of the road.

Due to this, Mrs Slone’s repatriation was at first going to take some time, though the family recently received notification that she could be back in Filey by the end of the week.

Alan Wright, site director at Raflatac where Mr Slone works, said: “We were stunned when we received this news and are all deeply saddened. Paul is a well respected, loyal and hardworking member of our team. Our thoughts are with the family of Paul and Gillian at this tragic time.”

Mr and Mrs Slone were married for 21 years and as well as being keen motorists, the couple enjoyed sailing. They had a yacht in Scarborough harbour and were members of the Yacht Club.

Details of the funeral will be announced as soon as the final arrangements have been made.