HEARTFELt tributes have been paid to the “much-loved” school worker who died after a road accident.
Vicky Wall, 58, was involved in a collision with a Daewoo Lanos at the junction of Alfreton Road and The Town, in Little Eaton, at about 5.45am on Tuesday, January 11.
She was crossing the road on her way to work at Little Eaton Primary School.
As the community struggles to come to terms with what has happened to the much-loved and admired Mrs Wall, the school has been one of the hardest hit by the tragedy.
For Mrs Wall, of Croft End, was an integral and popular figure among staff and children at the school, where she had worked since the early 1980s.
Richard Bateman, headteacher at the school on Alfreton Road, said: “She had several roles. She was dinner lady, she ran the breakfast club and helped with the after-school club. She also did some cleaning as well.
“She was here every day at 5.45am, and here until the last child had left. She will be massively missed.
“Vicky was one of those people you could depend on totally.
“All of the children had some contact with her. It is a big loss for them and some of them have taken it very hard.
“It has affected the school and the village badly. It is an awful situation.”
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Fay Martin, a friend and workmate who had known Mrs Wall for 15 years, said: “She was very popular and loved by everybody at the school and in the village.
“It hits you hard and upsets you. It is devastation.”
Flowers dominated the pavement outside the school as at least 34 bouquets had been left by Friday lunchtime. Among the messages were ones from children from the school. One read: ‘We will always think of you and miss you. Thanks for looking after me.’
While another wrote: ‘I will miss you Vicky, you were my special friend. RIP.’ One simply said: ‘We loved you Vicky and are heartbroken.’
A woman poignantly wrote: ‘Vicky, such a lovely lady...will miss our morning chats but will never forget them. With love.’
The school was closed on police advice on the day of Mrs Wall’s death.
Barry Fitch, who runs a butcher’s on the junction, said: “It is a real shame and a loss to the community. She was a nice, genuine person.”
Linda Halstead, who works at Gaskin’s Newsagents, said: “Everybody loved her.”
According to locals, Vicky left a husband and two sons.
The family were too upset to talk this week.
Police are investigating the crash, in which the female driver of the car involved was not injured.
Any witnesses or anyone with any information should ring police on 0345 123 3333, said a force spokesman..