Jan McTaggart only lived in Maryport a short time but her contribution was immense.

Friend Dolly Daniel, who was the reason she moved here from Hastings, has paid tribute to Jan, who died suddenly, but peacefully, in her home last week.

“When Jan said she was moving to Maryport a few years ago, I was surprised and delighted. I had no way of knowing how transformative this move would be.

“A shared interest in community arts led to two successful festivals at the Settlement Community hub in Maryport over the last two years. T

“This involved going out to local schools and planning arts activities for primary and infant classes alongside mounting art and history exhibitions for local and even some overseas visitors .

“ With a third friend Linda Wyatt we were also involved in promoting a recent event with Maryport Town Council, a blue plaque t for Britain’s first black policeman when we worked on an interpretation board.

“This was in addition to over 20 monthly events organised around Cumbrian arts and history.

“None of this would have been possible without Jan’s drive, enthusiasm and confidence in our small team of volunteers. She was quick to roll up her sleeves and get stuck in to make sure these many projects were delivered in a professional manner.

“Jan had a busy schedule around other interests including a ukulele group, reading and creative writing groups and, of course, cycling, walking, tennis and swimming.

”IIf this makes Jan sounds like some sort of superwoman it’s because she was; she also made time to be a loyal and supportive friend. The spontaneous outpouring of affection and admiration this last week shows how she touched so many people’s lives.I shall miss her immeasurably.”