A LIGHT went out in Helston last week with the passing of a well known Helstonian.
Mary Collins, who was affectionally known as Lala, had worked in several public houses around the town and was secretary of the Flora Day Morning and Evening Dance, a role she carried out for two decades.
She had been diagnosed with a cancer ten years ago and had been expecting to receive a final all clear this year but instead found the disease had returned aggressively.
Known for her hard working attitude she was also a lady who loved to have a good time and was friend to many.
I knew her through my own connections to the local pubs and always found her to be a woman that no one could or would speak ill of. I know of many people who she would lend help to when needed either through a listening ear or through practical help.
She acquired the informal title of “Lady of the Parish” to reflect her importance around our town and how she was viewed as a stalwart and fixture of our town and it will be just that little bit poorer without her.