'She never did anything by halves' - Great Yarmouth girl guide remembered
- Credit: Carol Weir
Tributes have been paid to a Great Yarmouth 'old girl' guide who will be 'sorely missed' after dedicating her life to various clubs and associations.
Diane Kay Starling, known to all as Kay, died on March 28.
She was born in 1942 and attended Alderman Swindell Infants School, The Priory School for Girls and the Technical High School in Gorleston.
She was a guide in the 1950s as well as leader of The Snowdrop Patrol.
Rose Watson, who reunited with Miss Starling after they had both retired, said: "We reminisced a lot about the 22nd Great Yarmouth girl guides.
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"Kay had already sent pictures of the guides to Let's Talk magazine in 2004.
"Before too long, there were pictures and an article in the magazine about our guiding days.
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"There were several responses, including one from our captain Mrs Norah Mobbs.
"Kay then organised a reunion lunch at the Burlington hotel, which Norah attended.
"Kay had been an enthusiastic guide, we did a lot that would not be permitted today, including exceeding company numbers by forty.
"That was Kay, though: she did not like to say no to any girl.
"Kay had enjoyed being a guide, and an old girl. She never did anything by halves."
Kay organised Girl Guides Reunions for the 22nd Great Yarmouth Company, with the last one in 2019.
Miss Starling finished off her education at Great Yarmouth Technical College where she studied Commercial Skills.
She then obtained an office position at Grouts Textile Factory in Great Yarmouth.
She was keen on sport and played netball in both the school's and Grout's teams.
She also played hockey in the Great Yarmouth team with her mother, May.
Learning to swim at the age of six, Miss Starling was an avid member of Great Yarmouth Swimming Club.
She represented Great Yarmouth in Inter-club galas and won many trophies.
Her funeral will be held on Friday, May 14, at 4.15pm at St. Faith's Crematorium by invitation only due to Covid-19 restrictions and the service will be live streamed for her many friends in England and the Netherlands.