Sadness as Peggy Dale passes away at the age of 90

Peggy Dale.
Peggy Dale.

Tributes have been paid to a much-loved Buckingham figure who passed away this week.

Former mayor of Buckingham, Peggy Dale MBE, died suddenly and peacefully on Tuesday, at the age of 90.

Peggy Dale.

Peggy Dale.

Mrs Dale served the local community for many years after moving to Buckingham from London in 1973.

She became a town councillor in 1978. In 1986, she became mayor of Buckingham and also a district councillor.

She stood down as president of the Buckingham & District Royal British Legion last year, having fulfilled the role from 1998 when the branch was reconstituted.

Among other community organisations, she was president of 1563 Squadron, Air Training Corps and chairman of Age Concern, Buckingham.

Mrs Dale joined the WAAF in 1942, serving until 1956. In 1944, at the age of 21, she was commissioned to the rank of Flight Lieutenant. Immediately after the Second World War, she was sent to Germany to set up the women’s police service.

She also served at the Nuremberg trials.

She joined the Royal Auxillary Air Force in 1960, where she served until retirement in 1983 as Squadron Leader.

Buckingham’s current mayor, Ruth Newell, said: “Peggy led a full and wonderful life. Her contribution to many local organisations over the years was much valued.

“I was so pleased I had the opportunity to celebrate Peggy’s 90th birthday at a lunch organised by St Peter and St Paul’s Church in March.”

Former RBL chairman Colin Armstrong said: “She had style and presence which she transmitted to the membership and encouraged them to be proud of their branch.

“During her time in office, the branch was said by the county chairman to be one of the best in the county. Her influence will be sadly missed.”

Former Buckingham police constable Alan Brooks said: “I have known Peggy since 1985 when I sat on the local Crime Prevention Panel as police representative and she was the chair.

“We clicked immediately and I’m proud to say that she placed a lot of trust in me.

“She was a remarkable woman who dedicated her life to Buckingham and who became an extremely close friend and confidante to me.”

Former editor of the Advertiser, Beryl McNulty, said: “With her integrity, great sense of humour and tireless work for many years as a district and town councillor, Peggy Dale was a valued, respected and much-loved member of the Buckingham community.

“We on the Advertiser met her at countless council meetings, social and charity occasions, especially events involving the armed services and commemorations such as Remembrance Day. We saw at first hand how she performed the job she had taken on with charm and dedication.”

A special funeral is being planned for Mrs Dale. Details will be announced in next week’s paper.