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Former Ipswich mayor dies

PUBLISHED: 15:14 17 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:26 03 March 2010

FORMER mayor of Ipswich Joan Cubbin has died after a long illness at the age of 78.

Mrs Cubbin, who was mayor in 1992-93, retired from the borough council in 1999.

FORMER mayor of Ipswich Joan Cubbin has died after a long illness at the age of 78.

Mrs Cubbin, who was mayor in 1992-93, retired from the borough council in 1999.

She represented Sprites ward and lived on the Chantry estate.

A former teacher and voluntary worker, Mrs Cubbin was known for her determination to support the underdog.

She was a keen swimmer and during the 1950s represented Suffolk in diving competitions.

Mrs Cubbin was born in India in 1923 and came to live in Norwich in 1933. During the Second World War she became a meteorologist in the WAAF.

Mrs Cubbin began her teaching career in Suffolk in 1950 and retired in 1981.

She taught at Nacton Road Girls School, Westbourne, Chantry, Nacton Heath (now Holywells), Tower Ramparts and St Alban's schools. She was also at schools in Stowmarket and Bacton.

In 1981 she opened the Unemployed Centre and went on to help run it. She was a member of CND and Chairman of Sprites Junior School Governors. She was very interested in health, race equality and training issues. Among her many social interests was drama; she was a member of the Nacton Road Players, later called Ipswich Masque Players.

During her mayoral year, Councillor Cubbin set out to build closer links between young people and the mayoralty.

Her escort was her son, David. She also had another son, John, and a daughter, Sally.

Councillor Peter Gardiner, leader of Ipswich Borough Council, today paid tribute to his former colleague saying: "Joan was a tireless worker for Ipswich and made a genuine impact in whatever she did.

"She was a long serving Councillor for the Borough and an excellent Mayor. We shall miss her and our thoughts are with her family."

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