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Huntingdon cyclist death: Tributes to 'industrious and loving' Celia Ward

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image captionCelia Ward and her husband David, pictured left, married in 1967

Tributes have been paid to a "quiet, industrious and loving" 77-year-old cyclist who was killed in a crash.

Celia Ward, from Wyton, Cambridgeshire, died at the scene of a crash with a white Volkswagen Passat on Nursery Road in Huntingdon, on Tuesday afternoon.

A 46-year-old woman, who was not the driver of the car, was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

In a statement, Ms Ward's family said she was "always the doer not the talker, never seeking the limelight."

The arrested woman has since been released under investigation.

Officers said the Volkswagen driver was not injured and remained at the scene.

In a statement issued via police, her family said she was "a 23-year-old, nurse, midwife and ward sister when she married David Ward - a chemistry graduate and newly trained RAF pilot on 19 August 1967."

'Untimely death'

Their daughter Jill was born in Germany before they returned to the UK, where Ms Ward worked in nursing at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kings Lynn, then at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon.

The statement continued: "Following David's retirement in 2000 they took up cruising, visiting most parts of the world returning from the Arctic just as Covid-19 broke out.

"That led her to step up her other leisure pursuit of taking lengthy walks and cycle rides each and every day of the week.

"In summary Celia was a quiet, industrious and loving wife and mother, always the 'doer not the talker', never seeking the limelight.

"Having worked in the NHS for 25 years, she had brought babies into the world, nursed the chronically ill and seen death on many occasions.

"Her untimely death has robbed her of her dues and deprived [her family] of a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother."

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