A SPECIAL service of thanksgiving was held to remember the life of former a teacher at Talbot Heath school.

The event took place for Wendy Vernon-Browne, who passed away at the age of 87 in September.

Miss V-B, as she was known, was fondly remembered by former pupils, parents, staff and friends at the service in Canford Cliffs, which was followed by a celebratory gathering at Talbot Heath school.

Wendy, who retired in 1993, had been a part of the school community for nearly 60 years, leaving a lasting impression on those whom she taught and with whom she worked.

As former head of PE at Talbot Heath, she encouraged generations of pupils with their sport and it was for this reason that she was invited to open the new sports pavilion that was dedicated to her a few years ago.

Her great love was tennis and she was part of the tournament committee at West Hants for many years, supported Talbot Heath girls at countless tournaments and accompanied frequent visits to Wimbledon with pupils.

This passion for the sport and her considerable memorabilia collected over the years will culminate in ‘The Wendy Vernon-Browne Tennis Museum’ at the school which is to be established in her memory.

She was awarded an OBE in the 1981 Queen’s birthday honours for recognition of her work as Chief Wren in the Royal Navy Reserves.

Head Angharad Holloway said: "A Talbot Heath institution and legend, she will be greatly missed but most certainly not forgotten."