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Death of former Yarmouth mayoress

PUBLISHED: 19:48 21 July 2009 | UPDATED: 10:58 06 July 2010

An "elegant and lovely lady" and former Yarmouth mayoress who touched the lives of countless holidaymakers to the resort has died.

Nora Bishop, who for many years ran the Seacroft Holiday Centre in Hemsby with her late husband Jack, died last Wednesday , aged 92.

An “elegant and lovely lady” and former Yarmouth mayoress who touched the lives of countless holidaymakers to the resort has died.

Nora Bishop, who for many years ran the Seacroft Holiday Centre in Hemsby with her late husband Jack, died last Wednesday , aged 92.

Mrs Bishop was involved with a number of organisations within the borough including the Lions Club, Caister Golf Club and was a founder member of Yarmouth Flower Club.

She was also a dedicated fundraiser for the Yarmouth and Gorleston RNLI lifeboat, and as a mark of respect the flag at the Riverside Road lifeboat station was lowered to half-mast in her memory.

In 1974 Mrs Bishop had the honour of becoming mayoress after Mr Bishop was made mayor of the newly enlarged Yarmouth borough.

Born in Nottingham, Mrs Bishop worked as a secretary and model but it was a holiday to Seacroft, in Hemsby, in 1936 which would change her life forever - meeting centre founder Jack Bishop.

During her holiday she won the Miss Seacroft beauty competition and it was Mr Bishop who presented her with her sash.

His duty included taking the winner to his office for a celebration drink. The couple fell in love and were married in 1938.

Seacroft was requisitioned by the armed forces during the second world war and reopened for guests in 1946. By that time the couple had one daughter, Judy, who in 1964 married Brian Potter, from another pioneer holiday centre family.

Mr and Mrs Bishop worked at Seacroft with other family members until it was sold to Sir Fred Pontin in1972.

Mrs Bishop was an active member of Caister Golf Club - swinging her clubs well into her eighties and wining the Grandmother's Cup.

In 2001 she received a national certificate of thanks from the RNLI for her work with the charity.

When Mr Bishop died in 1985 she moved to from Hemsby to Ormesby and in 2001 moved to live with her family - and was particularly amused when she learnt her son-in-law Brian had converted an old cow shed for her.

She leaves behind her daughter Judy, son-in-law Brian, grandchildren Jane and John, and great grandchildren, Amelia and Harry Potter.

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