Former Fenland taxi boss and community stalwart Dawn Storey dies

FORMER taxi boss Dawn Storey died unexpectedly on March 20, aged 76.

Dawn was born in 1934 at Manea, the daughter of the late Charlie Snr and Freda Nunn and sister of Charlie Jnr. She was part of the well-known Nunn Travelling Showman family and attended Manea Primary School and Cromwell Community College in Chatteris.

The family moved to Job’s Lane, March, in the 1950s where the family would spend the winter after travelling the eastern circuit with the Thurston family in the summer months.

Dawn spent her winters working for several years at the Woolworths store in March and then as a driver for DBM.

In 1969 Dawn married Ken, setting up home in Job’s Lane and establishing the well-known taxi business, Dawn’s Taxis.

The business had a wide variety of customers, from school contracts to famous figures including the late Sir Harry Legge-Bourke, Sir Clement Freud and comedian Charlie Williams, to name but a few.

It also saw Dawn being booked, unwittingly, as the getaway car following the robbery of the Norwich and Peterborough Building Society’s branch in March in the late 1980s.

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Dawn continued to run the company after Ken’s death in 1995, retiring a year later.

Retirement saw Dawn become involved in many clubs and organisations, including the Braza Leisure Club, Home Makers and March Twinning Association. Following years of membership of the Woman’s Institute, she also became a popular President of the Stone Cross WI for successive terms.

Dawn was also involved in charity work, raising sponsorship for the Alzheimer’s Society and the East Anglian Air Ambulance, and actively supported the British Heart Foundation after Ken’s death of heart disease.

Retirement also gave Dawn the opportunity to travel, visiting Canada on several occasions and Ireland, which she loved.

Dawn ran keep fit and line dancing sessions at several clubs and venues in March and Ely.

Dawn leaves a daughter, Kay of Manea, who said: “A well known, cheerful face with an amazing memory for people in the March area, she will be sadly missed.”

• The funeral takes place at St Wendreda’s Church, March, on Monday April 4 at 2.15pm followed by cremation at Fenland Crematorium. No mourning clothes, family flowers only.

Donations in Dawn’s memory will be divided between the British Heart Foundation and the RSPCA’s Block Fen Animal Shelter. They can be made at the service or sent to Turner and Son Funeral Directors, City Road, March, PE15 9LS.

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