Diana Penson: President of Norfolk & Norwich Canine Society

A leading personality in the dog world and farming community, Diana Penson, has died aged 80 at her Winfarthing home.

For more than 30 years she was president of the Norfolk & Norwich Canine Society and was the serving secretary of Diss Livestock Club.

Her remarkable 45 years' service to the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association was recognised by a presentation at the showground last year at the dog show. She became involved with the society in 1963, later becoming chairman and then president. She bred cocker spaniels and Cavalier King Charles and for decades she arranged hospitality for visiting judges at her former home at Russell Lodge, Banham.

Ernie Tweddell, the society's secretary, said her 'hosts of friends will be saddened by the loss of a truly well respected lady.'

As the secretary to Diss Stockman's Club for a quarter of a century, she arranged meetings and social gatherings with enjoyment. Its chairman, Roger Aves, said she was 'the life and soul' of the club.

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A service of thanksgiving will be held at St Martin's Church, New Buckenham, on Friday, November 12 at 12.30pm.

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