More tributes pour in for councillor Doreen Dart

Swindon Advertiser: Councillor Doreen Dart Councillor Doreen Dart

THE chief executive of Swindon Town Football Club said the absence of Doreen Dart would be felt at future games.

Nick Watkins has paid tribute to the stalwart councillor, who was at the County Ground match last week shortly before she died of lung cancer at Great Western Hospital on Friday night, at the age of 84.

Coun Dart (Con, Blunsdon and Highworth) was a keen charity fundraiser, dedicated councillor and an avid Swindon Town supporter.

“She was a 100 per cent attendee at all the games and she would take her place for each home fixture in the chairman’s suite.

“She was there last Tuesday but I did notice her condition had deteriorated,” said Mr Watkins.

“She remained incredibly positive. She was even at the point of booking her hospitality for the Aston Villa fixture on October 30. She was certainly looking to the future.

“She was a character and the world will be a poorer place without her.

“She would take her position at the end of the row just opposite the away directors. She was always very close to the directors area, that was her seat and that will be her seat for time to come.”

Mr Watkins said they would be paying tribute to Coun Dart in the programme for the Coventry game on Saturday and also in the roll call at the end of the season.

Tributes have also been paid to the former Swindon mayor by Kentwood choir’s musical director, Sheila Harrod.

“She rarely missed any big Kentwood concert. She loved the choir, she had a lot of respect for us. She was a very good friend,” said Sheila.

“It wouldn’t have been one of my audiences if she wasn’t in the crowd. The town has lost a stalwart. She was a lovely lady.”

Swindon mayor Mick Bray first met Doreen when she was mayor from 1993 to 1994.

“Even in those days she always struck me as lady to be reckoned with. Tall, upright, even to the time of her death, always immaculately turned out – even in jeans she made the first impression, with her expressive features, of being a headmistress of a girls’ public school,” he said.

“I will miss her, as will her fellow councillors, and even more so the people of Swindon for her tireless engagement in charity work.

“At 84 she was still sitting on 17 committees and five outside bodies. She was a true volunteer.”

Funeral details will be announced in the Adver in the next few days.

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8:44am Tue 9 Oct 12

RichardR1 says...

I would hazard a guess she didn't complain about meetings going on too long.

One of the last of a dying breed of selfless, caring people, a privilege to have known her.
I would hazard a guess she didn't complain about meetings going on too long. One of the last of a dying breed of selfless, caring people, a privilege to have known her. RichardR1

8:47am Tue 9 Oct 12

Bobfm , says...

She certainly dedicated her life to public service. RIP Doreen.
She certainly dedicated her life to public service. RIP Doreen. Bobfm ,

4:20pm Wed 10 Oct 12

YouknowIamright says...

Did Councillor Dart pay for her football attendance and hospitality out of her Councillors allowance? Incidentally one of the highest within the Council or was this another freebie?.
Did Councillor Dart pay for her football attendance and hospitality out of her Councillors allowance? Incidentally one of the highest within the Council or was this another freebie?. YouknowIamright

7:56am Thu 11 Oct 12

distantrobinfan says...

To 'YouknowIamright' - Did you ever meet Doreen? Do you have any basis for your scandalous suggestions? There is no need to answer, I know you don't!

I had the pleasure of knowing Doreen and I can assure you in the strongest terms that she was one of the most upright and honest people you could ever wish to meet. Doreen gave her time selflessly and would never, ever, consider taking anything from anyone. She loved her football with a passion, the same degree of passion that she committed to her life in public office and you should be ashamed of yourself for making such sweeping allegations without one shred of evidence. An apology on this site is the least you can offer.
To 'YouknowIamright' - Did you ever meet Doreen? Do you have any basis for your scandalous suggestions? There is no need to answer, I know you don't! I had the pleasure of knowing Doreen and I can assure you in the strongest terms that she was one of the most upright and honest people you could ever wish to meet. Doreen gave her time selflessly and would never, ever, consider taking anything from anyone. She loved her football with a passion, the same degree of passion that she committed to her life in public office and you should be ashamed of yourself for making such sweeping allegations without one shred of evidence. An apology on this site is the least you can offer. distantrobinfan

6:52pm Thu 11 Oct 12

Aquaruby says...

Doreen Dart was my typing teacher at Kingsdown School in the late 70's and she was one of my favourite teachers. A lovely lady. RIP Mrs Dart.
Doreen Dart was my typing teacher at Kingsdown School in the late 70's and she was one of my favourite teachers. A lovely lady. RIP Mrs Dart. Aquaruby

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