Family's tribute to a 'lively' girl

THE family of a 19-year-old fitness instructor who died in a car crash last week have paid tribute to their "lively, fun and generous" daughter.

The funeral of former Wetherby High School pupil Samantha Perkins is due to take place today at 11am at St James's Church.

Speaking from their home on Aire Road in Wetherby yesterday, her mother Julia Perkins said the family would like to thank people for their kindness.

"We have had a lot of support and would like to thank everybody who knew Sam and have supported us," she said.

Mrs Perkins said Sam was a popular girl who always had a smile for everyone: "She bounded everywhere," she said.

Sam, a fitness instructor in Harrogate, stayed at Wetherby High School to take her A levels and was often seen around Wetherby. She had been a waitress at The Cottage Cafe on Bridgefoot from her early teens.

Sam had been working at Harrogate's Ladies Express Workout as a fitness instructor for a year.

"They thought the world of her there," Mrs Perkins said. "She dealt with a lot of people personally and her aim was to be a personal trainer."

She said Sam was a lively girl who had loved dancing, clubbing and eating out.

"She used to eat out more often than she ate in. The house was always full of music."

Her father Tony said he would remember Sam singing in the bedroom.

"We shall miss everything about her," Mrs Perkins said.

Sam was driving her mother's Rover on the A58 between Collingham and Bardsey last Wednesday when she was in collision with a Toyota pickup coming the opposite way. Samantha died at the scene.

Her brother Paul who was a front seat passenger rolled clear. He has since been discharged from hospital.

The Toyota driver, Richard Plowright from Bracken Park in Scarcroft, was taken to Harrogate Hospital. He has also been discharged.

sophie.bradley@ypn.co.uk