Christine Bell

1943-2009

Christine BellIt is with great sadness that I report the death of Christine Bell at home on 14th September 2009. Christine had been fighting cancer for some time, and recently received further treatment in hospital. Harvey was admitted to hospital suffering from exhaustion, but Vicky tells me he is now back home with his family. Our thoughts are with them at this sad time.

Christine will be a great loss to the Club and the breed she loved so much. Her knowledge of the breed and showing was enormous. She had awarded challenge certificates in the breed for several years, and had an even longer and very successful show career, making up several champions. Christine made Bedlington history when she won Best in Show at the Paignton Show in 1994 with Ch Reef Knot of Rathsrigg, I believe one of only three Bedlington Terriers ever to take this honour at a general championship show in the UK. She also won the Bitch CC at Crufts in 2002 showing Ch Mollora Destiny at Bluetyke under Alice Emsley. Exhibits from the Bluetyke Kennel were a familiar sight in the show ring.

Christine was at the forefront of the campaign to increase awareness of health issues, particularly the problem of copper toxicosis. As an active member of the Bedlington Terrier Health Group she always lead by example, having her own dogs tested and biopsied to support the research being undertaken by Dr Susan Haywood at Liverpool University and the Animal Health Trust.

Christine was Secretary and Treasurer of MBTC for seven years , and Treasurer for the last two and a half years. Her knowledge and experience were invaluable to me when I took on the role of Secretary. I shall miss her wise counsel and friendship. Dorothy Owen
MBTC Floral Tribute for Christine BellThe funeral service took place on Thursday 24th September at Clayton St John's Church. It was a moving experience with a wonderful tribute from her close friend and former work colleague Carole and a poem by her beloved grandaughter Shianne. The church was full with family, friends, neighbours and members of all three Bedlington Clubs, a testament to how much this lovely and caring lady was loved by all who knew her. The service was followed by cremation at Nab Wood Crematorium.The chapel was full for the service of committal. Christine had a great love of flowers and I have never seen so many floral tributes. So much so that some had to be carried to the crematorium on top of the hearse causing the driver to take the slow route to avoid losing any. After the cremation Harvey, Vicky, Karen and Shianne invited everybody to join them at Sandal Farm Restaurant for refreshments.

I find it hard to accept that I shall never again answer the phone to hear that familiar soft voice "Derek it's Christine".

Rest in peace Christine we shall all miss you. Derek Owen