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Former Anglia television medical expert and writer Dr David Delvin dies

PUBLISHED: 22:18 15 March 2018 | UPDATED: 08:29 16 March 2018

Dr David Delvin pictured with his book It's A Doc's Life in 1990. Picture: ARCHANT ARCHIVES/JUDD

Dr David Delvin pictured with his book It's A Doc's Life in 1990. Picture: ARCHANT ARCHIVES/JUDD

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A passionate doctor and writer who was a familiar face on the former About Anglia television show has died.

Dr David Delvin on his wedding day with his second wife Christine Webber at the former Thorpe Register Office in Norwich on July 6 1988. Picture: ARCHANT ARCHIVESDr David Delvin on his wedding day with his second wife Christine Webber at the former Thorpe Register Office in Norwich on July 6 1988. Picture: ARCHANT ARCHIVES

As well as being a practising locum GP, Dr David Delvin, who previously lived in Norfolk, wrote 34 books, scores of medical advice articles and columns for national newspapers, magazines and medical publications, and appeared on over 900 television programmes.

He died aged 79 at the Martlets Hospice in Brighton beside his wife of nearly 30 years - former About Anglia presenter Christine Webber, 70.

He had cancer for 15 months before his death.

Mrs Delvin, who lived near Loddon after marrying Dr Delvin until 1991, said: “He was quietly spoken but was also extremely bold. He was very bold with his writing. He was enormous fun.

“We made the most of his last 15 months. We had a charmed life. We felt lucky to have had so much fun.”

The couple met on the Norwich-based About Anglia regional news programme when Dr Delvin became the programme’s on-screen medical expert in the 1980s.

She added her husband lived for his job, was a great communicator, had a strong belief in the medical profession and was a “distinguished writer”.

“He could not have had a better journalistic career,” Mrs Delvin said.

Dr Delvin was born in Middlesex.

His mother died from a severe renal condition when he was 17.

“She was keen he would help other people. That was an influence on him,” Mrs Delvin added.

The budding doctor also had a passion for journalism and writing which he managed to achieve.

Dr Delvin, who has seven grandchildren, qualified as a doctor in 1962 after studying at King’s College London.

He went out to Jamaica for two years with his first wife, Kathy, in 1966, for the Ministry of Overseas Development where he delivered babies and worked as a medical registrar.

Dr Delvin had three children with his first wife. The couple divorced in 1987.

During the rest of his career he specialised in family planning and psychosexual medicine.

His life will be celebrated this summer by the Royal Society of Medicine.

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