"Diss has lost a good friend and a true character"
Tributes have been paid to a former Diss police inspector.
Reg Haydon was the town’s inspector between 1977 and 1985.
An old school policeman, he was known for being firm but fair, and also gentleman.
He passed away last Sunday morning following a short illness, at the age of 84.
One of the town’s most popular characters, he was well known in recent years for parking his mobility scooter on Mere Street to talk to the many people he knew.
“Dad was very sociable and liked to keep in touch with people,” said son Pat, 49.
“During the summer months, he would park his buggy outside Diss Publishing and sometimes queues of people young and old would line up to speak to him.
“Staff from the shop would also bring him his coffee and he was in his element. We would joke that he was holding court there.
“Since his death, we have been overwhelmed with hundreds of messages of condolence. There must have been more than 350 in 36 hours.
“One message said: ‘You should take comfort in the fact that your father was a gentleman, and a good friend to have. At his funeral, there will be standing room only’.
“Others simply said he was a fair man, a great man.”
"We'd like to thank everyone for their kind thoughts."
Mr Haydon moved to Diss with wife Sheila and sons Richard, Robert and Pat in 1977.
After joining the police aged 20, he rose through the ranks and spent seven years as a sergeant in Cromer.
His move to south Norfolk followed his promotion to inspector, and Diss became his home for the next 42 years.
Mr Haydon was also a keen bowler.
The town has lost a good friend and a true character. There are few left these days and he was one of those who stood out. Horace Bunton
Full story with more about Mr Haydon's life and tributes from friends and Diss and District Bowls Club in the current edition of the Diss Express (May 10 edition), out now.
There will be a thanksgiving service in St Mary’s Church, Diss, on Thursday, May 30, at 2.30pm.