Committed campaigner and charity fundraiser Marcia Linden suddenly and unexpectedly passed away on December 14 to the shock of those who knew her.
Marcia was a regular face in the Bexhill Observer for the vast amount of local groups and causes she was involved with, and a warm friendly personality who will be missed by everyone who came across her.
Marcia, 68, of Martyns Way, was a secretary, teacher of dance and drama, catering businesswoman, one-time body builder and even worked in legal administration for the BBC. As an actress she worked alongside Julie Andrews, Alan Bates and Liam Neeson.
After the death of her mother Marcia became involved in fundraising for Cancer Research Uk and chaired a local branch in Blackheath.
She retired to Bexhill from London and was soon fully submerged in the life of the town - including amateur dramatics. BATS chairman Mike Poole said of her: “She was a lovely lady - very enthusiastic. Marcia was really nice, and she had a very interesting career as a dancer and actress in the 70s and 80s.”
Marcia also enjoyed running a regular group called the October Club in Parkhurst Hall, but she was perhaps best known as secretary of Friends of Egerton Park, and was responsible for organising fun family events such as Green Day and then Party In The Park - this year the event was held with EdgyFest.
Graham Ward, of FEP, felt many people in Bexhill “appreciated the efforts put into events by Marcia who was the most energetic person I have ever known.”
Councillor Michael Ensor, who worked with Marcia on the EdgyFest collaberation, praised her “contagious” enthusiasm and noted her popularity.
He added: “We will miss her and she has certainly left her mark on the life of Bexhill, and we are all the richer for all that she did.”
Marcia was also at one time a Lib Dem candidate in Bexhill and a committed supporter of animal charities such as Animals Helped Abroad - she held many fundraisers in her own home and around town, such as a Christmas fair in which she dressed up as a glamorous fairy, and worked hard to spread awareness.
A friend of hers commented: “She worked tirelessly to help and give back to local people and the community. She never made a big deal about what she did but worked really hard behind the scenes and gave a huge amount of her time.”
Marcia’s most recent contact with the Observer was over an “atrocious” bus service she experienced, sending in details, and saying she had urged others to do the same. She said: “Invariably they reply - what’s the point? won’t make any difference... But I believe we can make a difference.”
Her longtime partner Sylv McLaren commented: “She was fun, she was bubbly, she was brilliant. She would set to and do anything, and she was enthusiastic about everything.”
There will be a funeral on January 9 at 1.15pm at Hastings crematorium. No flowers, donations to Animals Helped Abroad, and no black clothing - Marcia preferred bright colours. To attend a get-together afterwards please call 0293 411361.