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M5 crash: Funeral of Newport couple Tony and Pam Adams

Tony and Pamela Adams
Image caption Tony and Pamela Adams were returning from visiting their daughter when they died

The funeral has taken place of a retired couple killed in a crash on the M5 in Somerset last month.

Tony and Pamela Adams from Newport were among seven people who died in the crash near Taunton on 4 November.

The couple, who were in their 70s, had been teenage sweethearts who were together for more than 50 years.

A service was held at St Mark's Church, Newport, on Thursday, and followed by another at the Greater Gwent Crematorium.

The service was officiated by the Rt Reverend Dominic Walker, Bishop of Monmouth, and Canon Andrew Willie, vicar of St Mark's.

Mr and Mrs Adams had been driving home after visiting their daughter Tonia White in Taunton.

'Devastated and heartbroken'

Their family said they were "devastated and heartbroken" by the tragedy.

Image caption Tributes were left on a bridge over the stretch of the M5 in Somerset where the crash happened

Speaking at the time, Canon Willie said the pair left a "tremendous gap" in the community which had been very badly affected by their deaths.

Mr Adams, who had served in the Army, had been a reader at St Mark's Church for many years.

Canon Willie added that the couple had made an "enormous contribution" to the church.

Thirty-four vehicles were involved in the crash, and 51 people were injured.

Police have not established what caused the crash, but have opened a criminal investigation.

The "major line of inquiry" is a firework display organised by Taunton Rugby Club.

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