THE family of Sheila Gillett, 75, who died when her car crashed into the side of Marlborough Town Hall on Saturday afternoon, have thanked those who rushed to help her.

Mrs Gillett died after her silver Ford Mondeo collided with Marlborough Town Hall on the High Street shortly before 1.45pm. She was on her way through Marlborough to lay flowers on the graves of her late husband and son, on what would have been her husband’s birthday

Her two sons, David and Paul, said: “Mum was a loving, kind and caring mother, grandmother and great grandmother taken from us far too early.

“We’d like to sincerely thank all those who responded to the incident be they on duty, off duty or simply passersby.”

“She was immensely proud of her large family who find the loss of such a wonderful family member a huge, sudden shock. Sheila will be sorely missed by everyone in the family and by everyone that knew her.

“She is now together with her beloved husband and son. Rest in peace.”

Eyewitnesses said they saw the car plough into the building on the corner of Kingsbury Street and the High Street.

“I was out parking my car and had just got out when I saw the car hit the side of the Town Hall,” said Amirul Haquebablu of The Raj Indian Restaurant.

“It happened right in the middle of the day and people went to help her, but they struggled to get the door open to help her. The police were there first.”

Katherine Billings said: “I was there in the hall when it happened and assisted as a first aider. A nurse was helping her and emergency services were called. The emergency services were there in a flash.”

Police would still like to talk to witnesses to the tragedy, who are asked to call 101 if they were in the area and saw the crash or the car just before the accident.