gentleman, a rare breed nowadays. He was always polite, friendly and listened to what you had to say. He never had a bad word to say about anybody and was always so positive in his outlook on life, and oh so very eloquent of course. I last saw Christopher when he made a tremen-

dous effort to come to Brooklands for my daugh- ter’s (Jenny Tye, former Concorde Operations Manager) ‘leaving do’ on 30th November. He was delightful, charming company as always and, as you can see here, had regained his wonderful youthful smile as he played Concorde with our

compiler) who became the Museum’s first paid members of staff and started work here on 6th October 1986 thanks to a government-funded Manpower Services Commission scheme run by Arrowhead Community Enterprises Ltd in Chertsey. With help from a growing band of dedicated volunteers, she soon became closely involved in many aspects of setting up the new Museum under the leadership of Museum Co- ordinator Morag Barton and her Secretary Ann Watson (both seconded from Weybridge Museum via Elmbridge Borough Council) and with Fred Moore (seconded from our then landlords Gallaher Ltd) as Site Manager. The Brooklands Museum Trust Ltd was formed in 1987 with the late Sir Peter Masefield as its first Chairman and Morag Barton as Director. Diana and her husband Malcolm and their two


young daughters Liz and Sarah were all enthusiasts too and inevitably the whole family was often involved with Museum activities, including seeing the dramatic arrival of the Sultan of Oman’s VC10 when it flew in from Heathrow on 6th July 1997. Regrettably, the story of the Museum’s early

years has so far not been fully recorded, but it is known that Diana organised the first official school visit here on 18th September 1990 with some 60 excited six and seven-year-olds coming from Raleigh School in West Horsley. Another notable ‘first’ came on 23rd March 1995 with an ambitious ‘Brooklands in Action for Schools’ event, again organised by Diana with various activities (including ‘Learner Driving’ behind the Wellington Hangar!) for 500 school children.

Diana Bedford (right) with Morag Barton in late March 2001.

Having worked at the Museum for 14 years –

mostly as Education Manager – she then decided to depart for pastures new, with her leaving party notably taking place in rather difficult circumstances on 17th November 2000 just 10 days after Brooklands and the Museum had suffered its most devastating floods since 1968! More recently retiring to Gloucestershire and

Spain. Diana died after a short illness on 19th February aged just 70. Her cheerfulness, enthusiasm and dedication are well remembered by everyone who worked with her in developing the educational aspects of the Museum and long may her legacy continue.

Julian Temple 66

iana Bedford was lucky enough to be one of the few people (including your

grandson. Chris and his wife Nicky were some of the last to leave and thoroughly enjoyed the party atmosphere. Christopher’s favourite place was Brooklands.

He cared passionately about the Museum and the dedication of all the staff and volunteers. Christopher leaves behind his wonderful and most supportive wife, Nicky, his two children, Edward and Caroline, and three grandchildren, the youngest of which was born a week after he passed away. Christopher will be missed by us all.

John Tye Diana J Bedford – 15th September 1947-19th February 2018

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