Tributes have been paid to a nanny who loved playing bowls as much as making people smile.

Pamela Hood, from Fakenham, has died at the age of 86.

Her widower, David Hood, 90, said: "I will always remember her successes, and being a loving parent and grandparent, and a happy one.”

Mrs Hood was born in Alburgh in south Norfolk in September 1936.

She met her husband-to-be at a New Year's Eve dance - the romance started with a midnight kiss. 

Mr Hood said of the encounter at the King's Head in Bungay:  “The boys were on one side and the girls on the other.

“I asked Pam to dance once and two dances later I had to walk past her to look for another girl, and she raised to her feet thinking I was asking again. We got together at the end of the night and kissed at midnight.

“She took the bus home, three days later we went to the pictures together because I couldn't wait until the weekend to see her again. We’ve been together ever since, marrying on March 10, 1956.”

Mrs Hood was a hairdresser in Bungay and Mr Hood was working at the town's Barclays bank branch.

Fakenham & Wells Times: Pamela Hood (centre) was a successful bowls playerPamela Hood (centre) was a successful bowls player (Image: Karen Keen)

Fakenham & Wells Times: David and Pamela Hood on their wedding dayDavid and Pamela Hood on their wedding day (Image: Karen Keen)

Mr Hood worked for the bank for almost 40 years, and his job took the couple across Norfolk and Suffolk as he got promotions.

Mrs Hood picked up bowls when they moved to Watton.

She became involved in the sport both on and off the rink, serving as president of the indoor bowls club at the Gallow in Fakenham, and of the Norfolk County Indoor Bowls Association.

The highlight of her bowls career was when she was playing alongside a friend, Betty Annison, and they won the English Ladies Bowls Pairs Championship. 

They beat legendary player Norma Shaw and her partner, 25-13 to become English champions.

Fakenham & Wells Times: Pamela Hood was a mum, nannie, and great grandmotherPamela Hood was a mum, nannie, and great grandmother (Image: Karen Keen)

Mrs Hood was a mum of three, nan to five, and was also a great-grandmother.

Mr Hood said: “She loved music and all her children, always playing with them, we had five granddaughters they always remember her as being a live one, the funny nan, who had joked with them.

"All five of them want to give her a eulogy at the church.”

Mrs Hood died on January 13, after being admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn with a bleed on the brain.

Her family has set up a fundraiser for East Anglian Air Ambulance in her memory, which can be found at

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