Former headteacher, Norah Howe-Smith

A funeral service is to be held on Thursday, April 5 for former West Norfolk headteacher, Norah Howe-Smith, who died aged 89 on March 3.

Born at Loke Road in King’s Lynn, Miss Howe-Smith was educated at the town’s Highgate Infants, St James Primary Girls and The West Norfolk and King’s Lynn High schools.

She attended the University College of Leicester and gained an external London BA with honours in History and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education.

She started her teaching career in East Dereham and then returned to King’s Lynn. During her career she was headteacher at the former Alderman Catleugh Girls’ School.

In paying tribute to her career in education, family members said: “The pursuit of high standards in all aspects of educating young people was her hallmark.”

With the amalgamation of Alderman Catleugh Girls and Boys, Miss Howe-Smith became deputy headteacher of Springwood High School.

Throughout her teaching career, she was an active member of the West Norfolk National Union of Teachers and served for many years as its secretary.

In 1983 she took early retirement and seized the opportunity to travel. Her journeys included China in the days of Chairman Mao, Easter Island, Iceland, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Bali, Tahiti and Japan.

Miss Howe-Smith was an official town guide for many years and a supporter of King’s Lynn Festival from its inception in 1951 and of the Fiction Festival from its beginnings in 1989.

She was also an active member of the town’s civic society, The National Trust, Lynn Preservation Trust, the Friends of the Museum, Friends of Hardwick Road Cemetery and True’s Yard.

A service is to be held at Mintlyn Crematorium in Lynn at 11.30am.