Cumbria

Tributes to fireworks death woman Polly Connor

  • 3 September 2014
  • From the section Cumbria
Polly Connor
Polly Connor was a keen horse-rider

Tributes have been paid to a mother of three who was killed in an explosion at a wedding celebration in Cumbria.

Polly Connor, 46, from Kendal, died while making preparations for a fireworks display at Ecclerigg, near Windermere, on Saturday.

A man, who has yet to be formally identified, was also killed in the explosion and subsequent fire.

Mrs Connor's family described her as "a wonderful person with a beautiful spirit who will be terribly missed".

The bodies of Mrs Connor and the unnamed man were found in a shed where the fireworks were stored.

The pair had been helping to stage a display at the wedding party of local insurance boss John Simpson and his bride, Nicole.

Inquiries into the cause of the explosion are continuing.

Mrs Connor's mother Penny Benson said: "Words simply cannot adequately describe our loss, particularly that of her husband Damien and children who she absolutely adored and was so incredibly proud of.

"Her children were a tribute to her. She absolutely put them first.

"She was a wonderful person with a beautiful spirit who will be terribly missed."

'Feminine tomboy'

Mrs Connor was a plumber by trade and ran her own business. She was also a keen horse-rider and had worked for racing stables internationally, including in Australia, as well as being clerk to the course for the Macau Jockey Club.

Her stepfather John Benson said: "She brought everything together in the most remarkable way. She was lovely: delicate and feminine, but also a tomboy."

Eyewitnesses reported seeing fireworks shooting into the sky during the fire

Mrs Connor met her 46-year-old husband Damian, a former jockey, while working in the racing industry. The couple have three children, Molly, 15, Daisy, 13, and Oscar, 10.

Cumbria Police are were working with the fire service, Health and Safety Executive and Trading Standards on the investigation into the tragedy.

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