Tributes to actress and teacher, Diane

Diane Robinson
Diane Robinson

Tributes have been paid to a former teacher and thespian who passed away on Monday, aged 59, after a long illness.

Diane Robinson (nee Bradley) was a highly regarded teacher at Sowerby Bridge High School and was a member of several operatic societies during her long and successful amateur career.

Since her first performance at the age of 22, she took on many leading roles with Halifax Light Opera Society (HLOS) and other local groups and became a well respected figure on the Yorkshire operatic scene.

Particular highlights include a National Opera and Dramatic Association award for best female performance for her role in “Anything Goes” with HLOS in November 1998.

Diane’s love for performing did not end on stage.

She continued to perform in various locations around West Yorkshire with singing group Reflections, raising thousands of pounds for numerous local charities.

Born on March 21, 1954, she was the daughter of Constance and the late Dennis Bradley.

From a young age she had a love of horses, winning many rosettes in dressage and show jumping competitions.

She also spent weekends racing with the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club in Bridlington with her husband Charles, whom she married in 1982.

She leaves her husband Charles and two sons, Christopher and Gregory.

Her funeral will be held at Halifax Minster on Friday, March 21, at 10.30am, followed by a private cremation at Park Wood, Elland.