Farewell to Tydd St Mary champion

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Friends and family will expect to be told to “Choppy Chop” when they attend the funeral of a well-loved former Tydd St Mary woman.

Christine Jackson has died at the age of 71, just weeks after being diagnosed with cancer.

The words were a familiar greeting to staff and children at the village school, where she worked before retirement for over 45 years, initially as a dinner lady and then as a caretaker and governor.

She began her career there at the same time her son, Neal, started school, and saw her grandchildren Charlie and Abby follow the family tradition.

Husband of 49 years Ralph said they had only just moved to a new bungalow in Long Sutton when Christine became ill. He said: “She was an amazing woman. Nothing was too much trouble.”

Christine was a successful national bowls player for Tydd St Mary.

In 2001 she was the National EWBF triples outdoor champion and in 2007 the National EWBF pairs outdoor champion.

She was also president of the North Cambs Ladies EWBF team in 2006 and 2007, when she won the Harry Carver Trophy, and captain and secretary of the Tydd St Mary team.

Proud Ralph said: “She’s always been my champion.”

Her grandchildren were her pride and joy. In a moving letter to “nan”, Abby wrote: “I hope you are having a great life in heaven.”

The funeral will take place at Tydd St Mary Church on June 26, at 10.15am, followed by cremation at Mintlyn Crematorium, Kings Lynn, at 11.30am.

Donations to the (Cancer Care and Treatment Centre) Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, 42229.