Cyclist Diana was a familiar figure

Diana Sleight
Diana Sleight

OBITUARY: Diana Sleight

Mrs Diana Sleight passed away on June 15 at the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston.

Diana was a familiar figure in Spalding, as she cycled in all weather through the streets of the town to do her shopping on an original Triumph bicycle which she was given as a teenager.

She was born in 1943 in Buxton in Derbyshire when her father was in the army with a searchlight and anti aircraft unit on the east coast.

After attending school in Harrogate, Diana trained as a teacher at the Philippa Fawcett College in London and went on to teach in Peckham until she met her husband Brian in Derbyshire.

Diana also later taught at schools in South Holland, including Long Sutton, Spalding Parish Church School and Pode Hole.

She spent time carrying out voluntary work, not only with the Scouts but also, for a short time, with the Broad Street Guides.

Diana was an invested member of the Guide Movement and also helped at church with coffee mornings and catering. Diana was a regular member of the congregation at Broad Street Methodist Church.

She also loved the great outdoors, especially fell walking in Snowdonia, the Lake District and Scotland, and had even taken part in a Scout Expedition to Norway where she climbed the highest mountain in Northern Europe which were snow capped for the last few thousand feet.

The well attended funeral service on June 26 was conducted by Rev. Alan Barker, assisted by Diana’s brother Rev Canon John Bowley, at Broad Street Methodist Church and was followed by a burial at Whaplode Cemetery.

There was a guard of honour of Scout leaders at the church, as Diana was a helper with the 3rd Wisbech Scout Group for many years, where her husband, Brian, has been Scout Leader since 1966.

A memorial service for Diana will be held at St Augustine’s Church, Wisbech on Sunday, October 12 at 2.30pm, at which the famous 13th Coventry Scout Marching Band will play, of whom Diana was a great fan.