Bay woman became village’s taxi stalwart

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The daughter of a Robin Hood’s Bay businesswoman who passed away unexpectedly last week has said her mother will be widely missed in the village.

Val Hutchinson passed away at James Cook Hospital last Thursday following complications during a heart bypass procedure.

The 65-year-old was joint owner of Bay Taxis in partnership with her daughter, Nikki Hutchinson.

“That’s the one thing she would want to be remembered for,” said Nikki, who will continue to operate the taxi service. “Everyone knows her, whether they lived here of came on holiday.

“She loved talking to people, meeting people, treating everybody as her friend and even if she didn’t know people she would always break her neck to help them.”

Raised in Fylingthorpe, Nikki said her mother lived her entire life around cars. The family also owned Bay Garage.

In 1969 she married Derek Hutchinson and moved to Robin Hood’s Bay. The couple had two daughters - Nikki and Tracey.

Sadly, tragedy struck the family in the early 1980s when Tracey was killed in a tragic road accident. But Nikki said it was her mother’s strength of character that she most remembers from that difficult period.

“She had to be the strong one,” Nikki remembers. “My Dad went to pieces and he still blames himself, so she had to be the strong one. She was very strong throughout her life and has always been happy and cheery around people, just her normal self.”

In 1993 the couple bought Bay Taxis. However, Tracey’s death greatly affected the family and 14 years ago Val and Derek split.

Val passed away suddenly on February 27 following heart surgery and Nikki thanked everyone who has sent along messages of condolence in the days following.

“Everyone is saying she was a wonderful woman who will be missed by so many people in the community,” said Nikki.

She leaves behind daughter Nikki, son-in-law David and grandson Cameron.