Diana leaves a void for us all

Diana Dallyn with her husband Richard during the Ovarian Cancer Coffee Evening,Towcester 110310M-B541
Diana Dallyn with her husband Richard during the Ovarian Cancer Coffee Evening,Towcester 110310M-B541

THE husband of a south Northants councillor who died in October has vowed to keep his final promise to her by living a full life.

After more than a year fighting ovarian cancer South Northants Council’s vice chairman Diana Dallyn died on Monday, October 24.

SNC vice chair Diana Dallyn with south Northants MP Andrea Leadsom

SNC vice chair Diana Dallyn with south Northants MP Andrea Leadsom

During her funeral on Monday, November 14, St Lawrence Church in Towcester was filled to capacity with family and friends and the great and the good of the district including council members and staff and south Northants MP Andrea Leadsom.

Tributes were lead by her three grown up children Robin, Rebecca and Simon and husband Richard. This week he spoke to the Advertiser as NHS Northants promote the expansion of a blood test which could detect ovarian cancer much earlier.

With between 50 and 60 ovarian cancer cases each year in Northants, 25 per cent of which are diagnosed in the early stages, the test could save the lives of an extra eight women in the county each year.

The couple married 29 years ago after meeting in the news room of BBC Radio Derbyshire.

He described her as pugnacious representative of the Liberal Democrat Party trying to pursued hardened radio hacks that she had a story for them.

Mr Dallyn said typically she made the first move by inviting him out for a drink. But her opinionated, sometimes dogmatic view of the world gave the couple a lifetime of conversation and debate, which he said he will miss the most.

Mr Dallyn said: “There is a big void in my life and I miss her greatly. But we had time at the end to talk and she wanted me to go on living my life, and to have a life, and not dwell on not having her. And that is what I intend, a life which compliments what we had. I want to stay living in Towcester and want to stay living in this house because there are memories all around me, things we bought each other, pictures, ornaments.

He added: “I’ve got so many memories. A lot of couples can look back and wonder what it was all about. I know what it was about, 29 years of really happy memories where everyday mattered.”

Mr Dallyn said his wife’s proudest achievements were her involvement in the restoration of Towcester’s Bury Mount and the purchase of the Easton Neston Watermeadows which she believed would put the town on the map. He also cited her support for the Vision Youth Cafe.

In March Mrs Dallyn collected £600 for Target Ovarian Cancer during an event to raise awareness of the symptoms of the disease and Mr Dallyn said early detection was key to survival. Early symptoms include pelvic and lower stomach pain, persistent bloating and feeling full. For more information about ovarian cancer visit www.targetovarian.org.uk.