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Tributes to 'the life' of the street

PUBLISHED: 16:44 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:23 23 August 2010

ENERGY: Margaret Lambert with husband William

ENERGY: Margaret Lambert with husband William

TRIBUTES have been paid to Deputy Mayoress Margaret Lambert, who has died after serving her ward for nearly two decades. The funeral of Mrs Lambert, 67, is due to take place next Thursday at St Aidan s Church, Gravesend, following her death last Tuesday.

TRIBUTES have been paid to Deputy Mayoress Margaret Lambert, who has died after serving her ward for nearly two decades.

The funeral of Mrs Lambert, 67, is due to take place next Thursday at St Aidan's Church, Gravesend, following her death last Tuesday.

Mrs Lambert, of Frobisher Way, Gravesend, was a borough councillor, representing Riverview ward, from May 1987 to April 1995.

She is the wife of Gravesham Borough Council Deputy Mayor William Lambert MBE.

A devastated councillor Lambert, who led tributes, said: "She will be sorely missed by her family and many friends, one of whom wrote on a card that 'the life of Frobisher Way has just gone'.

"She was the organiser of many street parties and charity events over the years.

"She had such energy and vitality and was always ready to help anyone in trouble or distress."

Mrs Lambert, married for more than 46 years, is also survived by a son, daughter and six grandchildren, five boys and a girl.

She was a school governor at Thamesview, Riverview and Raynehurst for about 20 years and was chairman of Christopher Community Centre (Riverview) for 20 years and then served on its committee.

Mayor of Gravesham Bronwen McGarrity said: "This is tremendously sad news. Margaret will be missed for her cheerfulness and her involvement in so many community activities.

"Our thoughts at this time are with Bill, their children and grandchildren."

Mrs Lambert's other roles included serving on the board of Gravesham Community Leisure, which runs the Cygnet and Cascades leisure centres, for many years.

She ran a netball team and was playing badminton until a few weeks before her death.

Mrs Lambert taught line dancing at the Christopher Centre and used to give line dancing demonstrations to DGMS Mencap at Perry Street, Northfleet.

Having trained as a secretary, she worked in the City after her marriage until her son was born.

The funeral service is at St Aidan's Church, on Thursday, January 21, at 11am.

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