Tributes to Maryport cafe owner killed in crash
Last updated at 13:38, Friday, 16 May 2014
Tributes have been paid to a popular Maryport cafe owner who died in a car crash on Tuesday.
Yvonne Hetherington-Tunstall, 48, died when her S-type Jaguar crashed on the B5300 coast road between Maryport and Allonby at about 11.20pm.
The car, in which she was travelling alone, was found on the beach, a short distance from the road. No other vehicle was involved.
Mrs Hetherington-Tunstall ran the Curzon Grill on Curzon Street with husband Sean and daughter Sarah. The cafe also let rooms above its premises.
She had previously worked at the restaurant at the Stanwix Holiday Centre in Silloth.
Sharon and Bill Barnes, who ran the grill before her and had remained friends, said her death was a tragedy.
They said: “She was a workaholic and very popular. She will be missed by her family and by this community.”
Gill Elliot, chairman of the Love Maryport town team, said: “She was just the kind of trader that Maryport needs to thrive.
“She was so hard-working and created such a welcoming atmosphere at the Curzon Grill.
“You really can’t say enough about her. She was the epitome of everything that is good about Maryport. She will be missed by her customers as well as her family and friends.”
Dolly Daniel, a customer, said: “I stayed at the Curzon Grill on numerous occasions while job hunting and home hunting.
“I always found a warm welcome from Yvonne, even when arriving late in the evening, and she was always happy to whip up my favourite comfort meal.
“When I moved into my derelict house with no kitchen I was often at the Curzon Grill to spend time away from the dust and chaos. Yvonne was always on hand to help out with contacts for contractors or lend an ear to my latest home disaster.”
Mrs Hetherington-Tunstall raised money for the renal unit at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, which had looked after her father, Eric Hetherington.
Despite a fear of heights, she did a parachute jump and raised £1,600.
The B5300 was closed for several hours following the crash, while police accident investigators worked at the scene. It reopened at 6.45am on Wednesday.
Police are working to establish the circumstances and anyone with information is asked to call 101.
First published at 13:36, Friday, 16 May 2014
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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ALL OUR LOVE TO SEAN,SARAH AND FAMILY,WE ARE THINKING OF YOU DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME.LOVE ALWAYS AND GOD BLESS FROM CAROLYN,JOHN AND FAMILY XXX
you allways made me feel welcome and your food was the best, a part of maryport has now gone. xxx
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