Flags lowered in memory of Glyn Walden
Glyn Walden, who made an immense contribution to public life in Diss and south Norfolk, has died.
Flags at Diss Corn Hall – which he was credited with saving to become the arts and entertainments centre it is today – and South Norfolk Council’s offices in Long Stratton were flown at half mast in respect.
He was made an honorary alderman of both authorities to mark the service he had given, which included two terms as mayor of Diss.
Corn Hall trustee Ray Bryant said: “The people of Diss and, in particular, we at the Corn Hall owe him a huge debt of gratitude for initiating the first viability study for its use as an arts venue and then persuading the council to proceed with the project. Without him, it would not have happened.”
His tribute was echoed by Graham Minshull, who said that Mr Walden mentored him when he joined the town council and without whom the Corn Hall would have been mothballed.
Mr Minshull said the former headteacher - his career included 14 years at Tiveshall – was a “modest but fantastic man” and it was an honour to confer the title of alderman on him when he left the town council after 20 years.
Mr Walden’s many interests included football, cricket and music. As well as playing in the band The Sideliners until his ill-health, he also promoted concerts, including regular visits to Diss by the 60s group The Searchers.
He was also an author and had written a number of children’s books featuring the Big Park, which is actually Diss Park, which he described as “a jewel in south Norfolk’s crown”.
Mr Walden, who was 76, is survived by Carole, his wife of 49 years, and two sons. He died at his home in Roydon on Saturday.
Mrs Walden said her husband was a generous man who was loved and respected. “He worked tirelessly for the community,” she said.