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Death of Pam Tobin, of Deal, teacher at former Archers Court School in Whitfield and Astor College in Dover

By Sam Lennon

The funeral of a much-loved arts and drama teacher takes place next week.

Pam Tobin, who taught at the former Archers Court School in Whitfield and Astor College in Dover, died after a heart attack on September 12 aged 75.

Miss Tobin, who had already been suffering Alzheimer's disease, died in the very house she was born in, at West Street, Deal.

The late Pam Tobin, pictured in 2004
The late Pam Tobin, pictured in 2004

The hearse will leave from her home at 11.15am on Friday, October 19, and the service is at St George's Church, Deal, at 11.30am.

Miss Tobin, who attended Dover Grammar School for Girls, had first trained as a graphic designer.

But she was inspired to turn to teaching after giving art lessons at Canterbury Cathedral School Choir.

After 17 years of teaching in Bristol she took a brief career change, managing a folk/rock group.

She returned to Dover in 1978 and became head of art at Archer's Court, now Dover Christ Church Academy.

She became locally known for producing school stage shows, starting with Oliver! and being behind others such as another Lionel Bart musical, Blitz!, in 1984.

Miss Tobin was later promoted to head of creative and performing arts and after that became head of sixth form.

Pam Tobin in 2005
Pam Tobin in 2005

She was forced into early retirement by a wrist injury.

During her time off teaching she invested in a friend's hairdressing business in Canterbury and worked there part-time and did graphic-style artwork, which she exhibited.

She later came out of retirement to teach at Astor College, retiring completely in 2009.

Pam Tobin, a single woman, never married and had no children.

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