Tributes to war veteran who loved the British Legion

Mary Skipper, nee Cooper
Mary Skipper, nee Cooper

A funeral has been held for a Second World War veteran from Amble who passed away last month, aged 92.

Mary F Skipper, née Cooper, died in her sleep at Blyth Community Hospital on Wednesday, February 11.

Her funeral was held in St Cuthbert’s Parish Church, in Amble, last Wednesday.

Mrs Skipper was an active member of Warkworth and Amble District Royal British Legion branch, of which her husband George is president.

The branch’s standard-bearer, Alan Wade, and branch members attended.

Mrs Skipper served during the Second World War as a Leading Aircraftwoman at RAF Eshott 57 OUT (a spitfire base).

The pilots at the base were mainly Canadian and she managed the barrack stores, supervising deliveries. Part of the job was to deliver clean laundry to RAF Boulmer.

She loved singing and was a member of the base’s entertainment group, taking part in shows at the camp and also at the Palace Theatre in Newcastle.

Mrs Skipper was demobbed at RAF Bentwaters, Suffolk, in 1945, after RAF Eshott closed down and returned to the North East to live at Mitford.

Mr Skipper, 92, paid his respects to his late wife, describing her as a woman who loved dancing and did not have a bad bone in her body.

“She loved her work with the Legion and I will miss her,” he added.

The couple had been married for 16 years, after tying the knot in Morpeth in December 1998, when they were both aged 75.

Last year, D-Day veteran Mr Skipper, who landed at Gold Beach in June 1944, attended poignant, 70th-anniversary commemorations in France.