South Northants mourns the death of a ‘very special lady’

Ovarian Cancer Coffee Evening,Towcester.From The left,Abigail Lee,Hazel Jones,friends of Diana,Richard Dallyn,husband and Diana Dallyn.'110310M-B541
Ovarian Cancer Coffee Evening,Towcester.From The left,Abigail Lee,Hazel Jones,friends of Diana,Richard Dallyn,husband and Diana Dallyn.'110310M-B541

TRIBUTES are being paid to a district councillor described as a ‘very special lady’ after she died on Monday, October 24.

On Tuesday South Northants Council announced the death of Diana Dallyn, ward member for Towcester Brook.

Despite being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in August 2010 Mrs Dallyn continued her public commitments, attending meetings, and also started a campaign to raise awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer.

SNC chairman Sally Townsend led the tributes and said: “Diana was a well respected and proactive member of the council. As well as her work political work, she was also a tireless campaigner and fundraiser for various charities including Target Ovarian Cancer, which promotes awareness of the disease and funds research.

“In June this year, she visited the Houses of Parliament to help the charity launch the Let’s Talk campaign, which aims to save 500 lives a year.

“Diana’s enthusiasm and drive will be greatly missed by her fellow members and staff at the council.

“Our condolences go out to her husband Richard and family at this time.”

Mrs Dallyn had been member of various SNC committees, including development control, licensing and the audit committee. Before joining SNC she had been Parish Clerk to Yardley Gobion (1989-1995), Blakesley (1997-2004) and Greens Norton (2006-2008).

Janet Bodily, chairman of Blakesley Parish Council said Mrs Dallyn had been a committed and diligent clerk who cared about the villages she served.

Mrs Bodily added: “She was a very open person and we were never in any doubt if she thought something was right or wrong. She was never afraid to disagree but in a way which didn’t leave you feeling your thoughts were worthless.

“She was a very special lady.”

Mrs Dallyn was elected to Towcester Brook in May 2007 and represented the SNC on the Towcester Partnership, West Northants Development Corporation planning committee, the County health scrutiny panel.