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Hundreds pay respects to community stalwart

PUBLISHED: 15:49 27 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:26 23 August 2010

MUCH MISSED: Margaret Lambert with husband William.

MUCH MISSED: Margaret Lambert with husband William.

MORE than 300 people from across the borough attended the funeral of the deputy mayoress and former borough councillor who served her ward for eight years. Mourners packed St Aidan s Church, St Aidan s Way, Gravesend, for the funeral of Margaret Lambert,

MORE than 300 people from across the borough attended the funeral of the deputy mayoress and former borough councillor who served her ward for eight years.

Mourners packed St Aidan's Church, St Aidan's Way, Gravesend, for the funeral of Margaret Lambert, 67, last Thursday.

The hearse carrying her coffin from her home in Frobisher Way, Riverview Park, was followed by her family, including her husband Gravesham deputy mayor William Lambert MBE.

Mrs Lambert, who died on January 5, was a school governor and represented the Riverview ward from May 1987 to April 1995.

The funeral service heard readings from Mayor of Gravesham Bronwen McGarrity and also from family and friends, including Mrs Lambert's daughter and granddaughter, who read a poem in tribute.

Husband of 46 years Mr Lambert, said: "The whole service went very well - it was a very emotional and a good tribute to my wife.

"She was known by so many people in the community. A lot of councillors came to the service, but mostly it was people that knew her.

"My daughter read a very nice piece about my wife and my granddaughter read a poem which was written by a friend of mine, it would have been too difficult for me to do."

After the service, mourners went to the Christopher Centre, The Alma, Leander Drive, Gravesend, which she helped run with her husband, for 30 years.

Mr Lambert added: "She was such a bubbly person and we will all miss her. She had been working in the community for so long, everybody remembers her for different things. I have received more than 200 letters and cards from people."

A school governor at Thamesview, Riverview and Raynehurst, Mrs Lambert also served on the board of Gravesham Community Leisure, which runs the Cygnet and Cascades leisure centres. She organised numerous street parties over the years, ran a netball team and gave line dancing celebrations to DGMS Mencap at Perry Street, Northfleet, and was playing badminton until a few weeks before she died.

She is survived by son Paul, daughter Vicky, and six grandchildren, five boys and a girl.

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