TRIBUTES have been paid to a ‘kind, caring and generous’ woman who had strong links with Burton after she was killed when the motorcycle she was riding hit a car.
Melanie Lakin, who was schooled in Lichfield as a youngster and was well known in Burton, died while travelling back from a picnic at Bala Lake, in North Wales, with her boyfriend Oliver.
The pair were travelling back on separate motorcycles when the 29-year-old hit a car which had stopped in a police road block on the A458, near Welshpool, at 4.30pm on Sunday.
An ambulance was called but Melanie was pronounced dead at the scene.
Her father Nigel Lakin said: “Melanie was a kind, caring and generous person who would go out of her way for anyone.
“She is going to be sorely missed by everyone. It’s a terrible, terrible tragedy.”
Other members of her family issued a statement paying tribute to Melanie, who had just completed her first year at Birmingham University studying radiography.
It said: “She was a keen motorcyclist who loved life, people, nature and animals – especially her pet cats Hector and Cleo.
“She had just completed her first year at university, which she was thoroughly enjoying, and was looking forward to a successful career in the NHS, combining her love of helping people and a technical, visual subject.
“She had a keen eye and appreciation for photography, music and art.
“She will be sorely missed by her mother Pam, father Nigel, brother Jody, his partner Elena, boyfriend Oliver and her many friends and colleagues.”