Tributes to historian

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A COMMUNITY has been left in shock after the sudden death of a local historian.

Linda Newell, curator of the Emsworth museum, was found dead at her home in Emsworth.

She was 64.

The St George’s Flag in the centre of Emsworth is flying at half mast this weekend in tribute to Linda’s contribution to the town.

The town’s councillor, Brendan Gibb-Gray, said she was ‘the driving force’ behind the success of the museum.

He said: ‘She had been ill for a couple of weeks, but no-one thought it was serious.

‘I don’t think the causes are known. It’s very sad and very sudden.

‘She was, in many ways, the museum. She was the archivist and researcher. When it came to Emsworth, she was the expert.’

Linda had worked as a tourism officer for Havant Borough Council.