Tributes paid to for­mer May­oress

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your - By MATTHEW REVILLE matthew.reville@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @ET_REVILLE

TRIBUTES have poured in for a much-loved com­mu­nity cham­pion who died this week.

For­mer May­oress Doris Marchant (81) died in her house on Chaucer Road, Peter­bor­ough, on Tues­day.

Mrs Marchant worked in school can­teens and then Cole­man’s sta­tionery shop in Pri­est­gate up to her death.

She still found time to help vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple at the Sal­va­tion Army and the Park­way Sport and So­cial Club.

Mrs Marchant also hand de­liv­ered thou­sands of Christ­mas cards ev­ery year to ev­ery res­i­dent in Mill­field and New Eng­land with coun­cil­lors Charles Swift and Keith Sharp.

Mrs Marchant even spent her last birth­day on May 9 putting on a buf­fet for friends af­ter the death of a friend.

Her public spirit was re­warded when she was made May­oress for the city from MISSED: A high­light of her busy life for Doris Marchant was her year as May­oress with cllr Keith Sharp. 2010 to 2011, which daugh­ter Jackie de­scribed as “the big­gest source of pride in her life.”

Jackie (56) said: “She was al­ways do­ing some­thing for some­body - I used to ask her how she kept go­ing.

“The big­gest source of pride in all her life was when she was May­oress. She wished she could do that for­ever.”

Son Phil (54) added: “She worked a lot for vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple and helped the com­mu­nity.

“What­ever the weather she’d be up and about - she just wanted to help peo­ple all the time. She lived an ac­tive life­style to the day she died.”

As well as her two chil­dren, Doris had five grand­chil­dren and five great grand­chil­dren. She had lived alone since hus­band John died in 2000.

Close friend Cllr Swift said: “Doris was one of a de­clin­ing breed of men and women who did all they could to im­prove the lives of oth­ers.

“She was one of the back­room work­ers that all coun­cil­lors rely upon.

“She prac­tised what she preached and never wasted a minute of her time on this earth.

“She worked for me in all my elec­tions and I es­ti­mate that she has de­liv­ered more than 100,000 leaflets and Christ­mas cards over the years.”

Peter­bor­ough MP Ste­wart Jack­son said: “Doris was a lovely lady. She was al­ways cheer­ful and she loved her role as Mayor’s con­sort and the chance to meet peo­ple across the city.”

Mrs Marchant was a reg­u­lar vis­i­tor to the 1st Mill­field Rain­bow Guides and Brownie Guides.

Leader Pauline Foster said: “She was like an ‘ adopted nanny’ to all the girls. She al­ways brought a smile to their faces, as they did to her. She will be very dearly missed by us all.”

Doris spent last Tues­day on a river­boat trip in Gran­tham with friends from the Blue­bell Over 60s Club.

Club sec­re­tary Joan Bains said: “I’m just shocked that she died. She will be missed.” run: Doris Marchant who ran the fun run at the Great East­ern and Bella Salt­marsh

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