It was much sadness that I learned of the death of retired Lynn deputy headteacher Dorothy Davison, just a couple of months short of her 90th birthday.
Dorothy’s passing marks the end of an era in Lynn because she was a dedicated servant of the town, offering her teaching expertise together with her enthusiasm and organisational skills in support of the town’s cultural life. Seasoned King’s Lynn Festival goers will have known Dorothy as she, together with the late Bob Wells-Morgan (the event’s chief steward), every year organised volunteers on duty at Festival concerts, shows and recitals.
Dorothy, who lived in Nelson Street, loved Lynn Festival and always enjoyed meeting with the visitors who returned year after year to enjoy the summer musical jamboree.
Dorothy, a retired deputy head teacher at the town’s former St James’ Girls’ school (now Eastgate Academy), gave much of herself for the benefit of the town. As well as the Festival, she was involved for many years with the Children’s Society charity shop (now sadly closed), King’s Lynn Musical Society, the Minster choir and summer cafe, to name but a few of her voluntary activities.
In past years Dorothy was always delighted to receive at the end of each Festival, hand-written thank you letters from the Festival founder Ruth, Lady Fermoy, the maternal grandmother of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. In her role, with Bob, she would meet the Queen Mother who used to visit one or two Festival concerts during her annual summer stays at Sandringham House. Dorothy was a lovely, elegant lady well-known to many people in the Lynn community. Many people will have their own fond memories of Dorothy.