Tributes to vivacious grandmother Edith Hannis after tractor death
GRANDMOTHER Edith Hannis died when her vintage tractor overturned on a country lane.
The 75-year-old was driving home to Buckshead Farm, Cranham after exhibiting it at a country show she helped to organise.
She was driving along a country lane at Sapperton, near Cirencester when it overturned.
Police said the 1966 red and grey Massey Ferguson tractor had been on show at a vintage farm vehicle gathering and had been leaving the event when it overturned on Daneway Hill, Sapperton, at around 3.15pm on Saturday.
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Her husband David Hannis was driving ahead in a car and reached home unaware of the accident.
The couple are well-known in the vintage farm vehicle world and have frequently exhibited their tractors at shows around the country.
Their son-in-law Richard Twinning said Irish-born Mrs Hannis came to the UK when she was 13 and had been married to David for about 60 years.
She has three children – sons Stephen and Robert and daughter Rosemary Twinning – and six grandchildren, he said.
"She and her husband had a passion for vintage tractors and owned somewhere between 10 and 20 of them," he said. "Dave is devastated about what's happened. She was a lovely, lively and vivacious lady with a real passion for life."
He said Mrs Hannis, who also had a love of country dancing, had worked as a waitress in many of the pubs in the area, including the Royal William and Black Horse, before retiring about 10 years ago.
In the 1970s Mrs Hannis and her husband took an Allis Calmers tractor on a charity run from Land's End to John O Groats.
Gloucestershire police Sergeant Tony Wallace said: "It would appear the driver was coming home in the old farmer's type D-reg tractor. Her husband, in a car in front, had got home and hadn't realised what had happened. Despite attempts to resuscitate the woman, she sadly died as a result of her injuries."
A spokesman for the Gloucester coroner said Mrs Hannis has not yet been formally identified and it is expected an inquest will not be opened before Wednesday.