TRIBUTES have been flooding in for Kitty Dancy, the former Bracknell Forest mayor who has died at the age of 83 leaving a hole in the heart of her community.

Mrs Dancy, who had lived in Sandhurst since 1938, was the first chairman of governors of Uplands School in Sandhurst.

She had travelled extensively all over the world and wrote about her travels.

She also wrote A History of Sandhurst in 1986 with co-author Sam Chesterman.

She was a member of the National Trust and the South East Berkshire Association. She was the first chairman of the Museum Trust in Sandhurst and also belonged to the Sandhurst Historical Society and Berkshire Archaeological Society.

Mrs Dancy's son and daughter-in-law, John and Jan Dancy, said she would be "greatly missed".

Jan Dancy said: "Kitty was a much-loved mother, grand-

mother and great-grandmother who had a long and very happy life with her family and friends.

"She took great pleasure in helping in the local community for over 50 years and will be greatly missed."

Dick Smith, former chairman of Sandhurst and Crowthorne Branch and Bracknell Constitu-ency Labour Party, said: "I was saddened to hear of the death of Kitty Dancy — she was a stalwart of the community.

"Kitty was an example to us all of commitment to community life and she will be greatly missed. Having served as a town and district councillor and a magistrate, she was an active member of many local organisations in Sandhurst and was a regular attender at meetings although well into her 80s. She had a great interest in the history of Sandhurst and had two books published, which are tremendous sources of historical information.

"As a member of the Labour Party, Kitty was never missing during election campaigns and always had a wise and considered opinion in discussions. She was to have received a long-service award next week.

"Kitty was of the ‘get-up-and-do-something' genre and her 50 years and more of participation in local affairs serves as a beacon of positive action in a society where it is all too easy to leave things to others.

"Kitty's passing has left a large hole in the heart of Sandhurst."

Cllr Ray Earwicker described her as a "shining and outstanding" example.

He said: "In Sandhurst, where she lived most of her life, she was a pillar of the local community and continued to serve on many local committees and bodies until well after retirement age and beyond."

Bracknell MP Andrew MacKay said: "Kitty was a great local character who had been a friend of mine for 20 years. Party

political differences never stood in the way of this friendship

and the huge amount of work she did for the people of Sandhurst was recognised when Bracknell Council granted her freedom of the borough, whichis a very rare honour. She will be sadly missed by her huge number of friends right across the borough and not just in Sandhurst."

Mrs Dancy was admitted to Heatherwood Hospital with stomach pains and then transferred to Frimley Park where she died from an ulcer on, June 15.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Sandhurst.