Tributes have been paid to a 'devoted mother of five' and a school teacher.

Cynthia Tanner from Ferndown died peacefully, aged 80, at Bournemouth Hospital after a short illness.

She spent her final days surrounded by her daughters.

In a tribute, her family said: "Cynthia was generous, calm, quiet, and modest."

She hit the headlines in 1975, when, already the mother of 13-month-old Claire, Cynthia gave birth to quadruplets - the first ever born at Poole Hospital.

She fondly recalled finding out she was expecting four on April Fool's Day, and no one believed her.

Gill, Hilary, Judith, and Rachel were born healthily 24 days later. They were two sets of identical twins, thought to be the first quads of their kind in Europe or America, and featured in the Daily Echo and on the BBC.

Cynthia started her teaching career at Kemp Welsh School in Poole and later became deputy headteacher at Parley First School; she took early retirement in 1993.

Born in October 1943, she grew up in Wimborne, where she attended Queen Elizabeth's school and was taught by her father, William Streets.

She was a member of the "Old Wimburnians Association" and was still in touch with former pupils.

Cynthia met Neill Tanner, a local deputy headteacher at the time, when he visited her school. They were married within a year and were together for 43 years before he passed away in April 2015.

Cynthia's daughters said: "She was passionate about genealogy, not only compiling comprehensive Tanner / Streets family trees but also enjoyed helping others with theirs.

"She was an incredibly talented knitter and sewer. She had recently completed intricate cross stitch pictures for her grandchildren, Leon (10), Taro (11), Wren (8) and Circe (4), which they will treasure."

Her daughters have been incredibly touched by the tributes from Cynthia's friends, which have been of great comfort. She was described as 'generous, appreciative, caring, kind and eager to help all.'

They will miss her daily messages and phone calls; her loss is a huge void. She is also dearly missed by her sister Liz.

Cynthia died on on January 30 and a private woodland burial will be held on Thursday, February 22.

Donations in Cynthia's memory can be made to The John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation, which she had supported for many years.