Miss Denise Rayner
We have received news of the death of Miss Denise Rayner: a local historian, pioneering journalist and author. Among her other publications were “Fire Flood & Sudden Death in Old Hythe” and a history of Hythe Town Hall. Her father edited the Hythe Reporter during the second world war and she lived in the town during that time.
Miss Rayner made a very individual contribution to the millennium by insisting that it did not begin until the end of 2000. Her comments earned Hythe a favourable mention in the national press.
She was a prominent member of the Green Preservation Society and the Civic Society and regularly attended Plans and Works committee meetings until very recently. She was a colourful and well known character who made a significant contribution to the town, and will be sadly missed.