Former Dover Mayor Diane Smallwood dies
Tributes are being paid to former
Dover Mayor Diane Smallwood who has died.
Cllr Smallwood, who represented St
Radigund’s on the town council and Elms Vale, Priory and Maxton
ward on the district council, was Mayor three times, in 2001-2,
2002-3 and 2008-9. She also served as the Speaker of the
Confederation of the Cinque Ports in 2002-3.
In a joint statement, Mayor Cllr
Anne Smith and district council Labour party leader Cllr Gordon
Cowan said Cllr Smallwood was well respected by all political
parties as a person who carried out her duties in a quiet and
"She was an active member of the
Labour Party and was an outstanding representative both of the
party but also of the whole town and community of Dover," they
"She worked extremely hard on
behalf of all who lived in her wards.
"The Labour Party and all Dovorians
were extremely proud to have a lady with such a warm personality as
their ambassador at large. No-one had a bad word to say about Diane
and her friendships spread far and wide particularly in those towns
with which Dover has a special relationship – Calais, Zeebrugge and
"Wherever and whenever Diane
travelled she was a very special guest held in especially high
esteem. To this day one of the first questions civic visitors from
across the Channel ask is ‘How is Diane?’
"She will be sorely missed by all
her colleagues at both town and district councils, within the
Labour Party and throughout the community of Dover. Our thoughts
are with her husband, Brian, and her family who remained at her
side throughout her illness."
The funeral service is to be held
at St Mary’s Church, Dover, on Monday, December 17 at 10.30am,
followed by private cremation at Barham.
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