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Woman’s death was accidental, inquest finds

PUBLISHED: 08:58 12 June 2014 | UPDATED: 08:58 12 June 2014

An inquest was held this morning into the death of Margaret Read.

An inquest was held this morning into the death of Margaret Read.


A woman who drowned at Blakeney Point was managing her Alzheimer’s well and had rediscovered her sense of wonder in recent times, her daughter said.

An inquest in Norwich yesterday heard how Margaret Read, 70, went missing from her home in Pottergate, Norwich and was found dead at Blakeney Point on February 26.

Yesterday, Margaret’s daughter Michelle described her as ‘kind of amazing’.

She said: “She was very functional and the phase she was in with her Alzheimer’s increased her sense of wonder and her sense of being in the moment.

“She was still very much herself and she just found things wonderful.”

Margaret worked in catering before retiring, which included a job in a school, where Michelle said she loved being around the young people.

The inquest heard from Lynton Johnson, manager of the Forget Me Not Cafe in the Norwich Christian Resource Centre where Margaret volunteered in her retirement.

He said: “I knew her for the past 16 years, she was very happy and outgoing.

“She was an avid walker, extremely generous and a people’s person.”

On the day Margaret went missing, neigbours contacted Michelle, who lives in Dublin, to say that her mother had not returned home that night.

Due to her Alzheimer’s, she was registered as a missing person and the police became involved.

She was last seen walking along the beach at Blakeney Point by two walkers on February 23 who phoned police when they saw appeals for her whereabouts in the press.

Summing up, Assistant Coroner Johanna Thompson expressed her sympathies to Margaret’s family and said: “Mrs Read failed to meet up with a group as expected on February 23 and was reported to the police as a missing person.

“On February 26, a member of the public reported finding the body of a femal on the seashore near to Blakeney Point.

“In these circumstances my conclusion is that Mrs Read’s death was accidental.”

Although the family say they still have questions about how Margaret came to be in the water, they were pleased she was doing something she loved.

Michelle said: “I think she had a bit longer in her but it is a comfort that she was in a glorious place, enjoying herself up to her last moments.”

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