THE families of a West Craven couple who died in a two-vehicle collision on the A59, at Broughton, near Skipton, have paid tribute to them.

Mark Gregson, 52, and his partner Claire Lucas, 43, from Barnoldswick, died on Friday, January 24, when their white Nissan Juke collided with a silver Mercedes Vito van at around 9.40pm.

Mr Gregson and Ms Lucas were pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Gregson's family said: "Mark was a much loved son, brother, partner and father to two daughters. His family are devastated by his sudden and tragic death. Mark was popular and well-liked by his friends and work colleagues and had a great sense of humour. He loved football and music and spending time with his family. He will be deeply missed by his daughters, his father, his father’s partner, his brother and Claire’s children."

Ms Lucas' family wrote: "The family are naturally devastated by the loss of Claire in these tragic circumstances and wish to thank everyone, her friends and colleagues for their messages of support and condolences.”

Ms Lucas was a headteacher at Bradley Nursery School in Nelson.

After her death, the school's chair of governors, Sue Nike, said: "Claire will be greatly missed. She was such a well-loved and inspirational headteacher.

“All our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this very sad time.”

The school was closed on the Monday after the incident as a mark of respect.

A 28 year-old female passenger in the Mercedes van was taken to hospital with serious injuries. The 28 year-old male driver of the van was arrested and released under investigation.

Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen either of the vehicles prior to the collision, or were on the A59 at the time and may have dashcam footage, to contact North Yorkshire Police.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting reference number 12200013851. Alternatively you can email

The families ask that their privacy is respected at this difficult time.