Tribute paid to much-loved ‘Georgie’

Miss Georgina Punt
Miss Georgina Punt

Tribute has been paid to a respected and much-loved resident of Pulham Market whose funeral was held in the parish church on Wednesday.

Georgina Waller Punt, who was known to everyone as ‘Georgie’, was born and lived all her life in the village she loved. She died on December 20 at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, aged 91.

Friend and neighbour Martin Smith said: “She was a lovely lady with a great sense of humour, and was highly-regarded and much loved by all who knew her.”

Mr Smith said Miss Punt had been born at the Old Bakery in Pulham Market in the days when it still operated as a bakery. Her father was the village postman. The family moved to Rose Cottage where she lived most of her life. In later years, she moved to a newly-built bungalow on the village green.

Educated at the village primary school, Miss Punt attended Diss Grammar School and then became a children’s nurse at Hill House (now Hillcrest Court).

During the war, she was a driver in the Auxiliary Fire Service, a busy role attending fires and aircraft crashes on the nearby American wartime airfields. During last year’s Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, she told stories of how she had slept on the pavement on The Mall in London on the night before the Queen’s Coronation in 1953.

After the war, Miss Punt became a librarian with Norfolk Library Service, for several years driving the mobile library vehicle around local villages.

Mr Smith said: “She had such a knowledge of village life, but was also a very well-travelled lady.”

Miss Punt, who never married, was also an ardent Norwich City fan and although in later years she couldn’t attend matches, she never missed listening to match day coverage on her radio.

Mr Smith said: “She’ll be very sadly missed.”

Donations in Miss Punt’s memory can be made to the Renal Unit at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital or to Pulham Market Church Hill Surgery via Rosedale Funeral Home, 63 Victoria Road, Diss IP22 4JE.