Life-loving Diana was an inspiration to all who knew her

Diana Herbert
Diana Herbert

A tenacious and determined woman who had a lust for life has died aged 56.

Diana Herbert, wife of Belford Erskine URC minister David, passed away on August 14.

Described as ‘courageous with an attitude that defied death’s knock at her door’, Diana was well known in Belford and across north Northumberland.

She moved to the village 11 years ago when David became minister at the URC. Prior to that they were in Teesside for three years after a decade in Alnwick at St James’ URC.

In Alnwick, Diana was involved with the Hillcrest Maternity Liaison Committee among other groups.

She was also an active Labour Party member and the candidate’s agent in the 1997 General Election in the Berwick constituency.

More recently she had been involved in the Flodden Peace Centre and was part of numerous projects and groups in the region.

She helped with the Northern Breeze website and she loved her ‘treasures’ in the Matrix Youth Group.

Diana was also one of the founders of BEST (Belford Energy Saving Together) and enjoyed making films.

Diana lived life to the full and the week before she died, she had David take her to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in a wheelchair.

She was always active, energetic, dynamic and enthusiastic.

A cremation was held for Diana at The Borders Crematorium, Melrose, last Thursday, followed by a thanksgiving service in Belford. Both were led by Lis Mullen, the family minister.

She leaves behind her husband David and son James as well as family and friends.