Community stalwart spent her life supporting others


Tributes have been paid to former King’s Lynn deputy head, chorister and charity worker, Dorothy Davison, who died on Sunday, aged 89.

Dorothy, of Nelson Street, King’s Lynn, died at Victoria Hall Care Home in Shouldham.

She taught at St James’ Girls’ School, now Eastgate School, in Paxton Terrace, from the 1950s until her retirement as long-term deputy head in the early 80s.

Cousin, Tony Osler, of North Lopham, Diss, said her career was based on her parents’ commitment to education.

Her father, Oliver Davison, was head of South Lynn All Saints Boys’ School from 1922-1939. He then became deputy head at Gaywood Boys’ School until his retirement. Dorothy’s mother, Ella, also taught at the school during World War II.

Dorothy (pictured inset, during a trip on the Northern Belle, British Pullman locomotive, sister train of the Orient Express) attended King’s Lynn High School and trained as a teacher in London.

Mr Osler remembers his cousin from their time in Ipswich, were she taught, before she moved back to Lynn to live with her parents in Sidney Street.

Mr Osler told YLP that Dorothy’s major connections were with All Saints Church, where her parents used to attend and where her father was in the choir, St Margaret’s, now Lynn Minster,  choir until two years ago, the Thoresby Singers and was a long-term volunteer for the King’s Lynn Festival until she was 85. Her father was also heavily involved in King’s Lynn Football Club and was “great friends” with Jack Savage of the Savage family which engineered equipment and rides for the Mart.

Dorothy was also heavily involved in opening the Save The Children shop in Lynn High Street, which is now closed.

Mr Osler said: “Her attributes were that she was very supportive to a large group of friends. She was very loyal to the church and the cultural life of King’s Lynn and she was very proud of her background. Her parents were very worthy people of the community and she carried that with her all her life.”

Best friend, Peggy Hensman, 87, of South Street, was also a teacher at St James’ and fellow chorister.

She said: “She was a valued person of the community. I had three best friends and have lost two, one of whom was Dorothy, very recently. She was a very close, dear friend.

“She is my son, Alan’s Godmother and I will miss her.”

Dorothy’s funeral is at the Minster on Monday, March 6, at 2pm.