Former Costessey councillor Hilda Brooks dies aged 101

Hilda Brooks, former Costessey Parish councillor and district councillor. Picture: Denise Bradley

Hilda Brooks, former Costessey Parish councillor and district councillor. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2011

A former councillor who had a road named after her has died at the age of 101.

Hilda Brooks died on April 1 at St Mary's Care Home in Crostwick.

She had three sons and three daughters, 21 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.

She served on Costessey parish and South Norfolk district councils, and Hilda Brooks Way, off Norwich Road in Costessey, was named after her.

Her daughter Sally Jermy, who lives in Jerningham Road, Costessey, said: 'Hilda will live on forever in Costessey by way of the road named after her. She was a marvellous mother to us all.'


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Mrs Brooks was born in Taverham in 1911 and moved to Costessey when she got married.

Her father was killed in the first world war when she was three years old and as an only child she was brought up by her mother.

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On leaving school she went on to become an apprentice dressmaker.

In 1933 she married Bob and the couple moved to Costessey, where they had six children, Peta, Robin, Anne, Sally, Tim and Nick.

She was a founder committee member of the Old Friends Club which opened in the old scout hut in Gunton Lane before moving to Breckland Hall when it was built.

She ended up as chairman of the club, having served for more than 50 years. One of her biggest hobbies was singing and she was a member of the Chamberlain Choir.

She was also a member of Costessey Singers and then with The Warblers who she was still singing with at the age of 96.

Mrs Brooks served on the board of governors at Costessey Infant School, cooked meals on wheels for many years and gave piano lessons.

In the last 30 years she took up cake decorating and made and decorated hundreds of wedding cakes.

Having lost her husband in 1993, Mrs Brooks continued to live on a bungalow on Norwich Road where they started their married life together.

But in 2009 she had a fall and broke her hip and was never able to walk again.

She passed away peacefully.

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