Friends and relatives remembered a “loving and caring” woman who died while crossing a road in Huddersfield town centre.

Around 70 people gathered for a candle-lit vigil in memory of Beth Bowers, 74, who died as she made her way to a meeting of Huddersfield District Oddfellows, the friendship group she chaired.

Vigil organisers closed Fitzwilliam Street at the junction with the Castlegate Loop at 7.30pm last night while the tribute was held.

Some of Beth’s favourite music was played including Bridge over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel while an emotional rendition of the hymn Jerusalem reduced some to tears. The nearby Polish church was open for quiet reflection afterwards.

John Lambe, a lifelong member of Huddersfield Irish Centre where the Oddfellows meet, said: “It was a beautiful occasion and a fitting tribute to a loving and caring woman.”

Elizabeth Bowers who died in crash in Fitzwilliam Street Huddersfield with her husband Trevor
Elizabeth Bowers who died in crash in Fitzwilliam Street Huddersfield with her husband Trevor
 

Former nurse Beth, who lived in Cleckheaton with husband Trevor, 79, was at the heart of her community. She was involved with Whitechapel Church and Whitcliffe Mount Choir in Cleckheaton and was also a member of the Spenborough branch of the Royal British Legion.

Beth and Trevor, who shared a passion for dance, had both been widowed previously. They each had two children, 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The vigil was not just a tribute to Beth but the launch of a road safety campaign for that part of town.

Organisers say drivers travel too fast and want motorists to sign up for #bethspledge to indicate left and adhere to a voluntary 20mph speed limit.

Campaigners also plan to lobby Kirklees Council for improved safety measures at the junction including possible speed humps.

An 18-year-old man has been arrested and released on police bail.