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Tributes paid to ‘beloved’ Kent journalist Carol Davies

Journalists, friends and family have paid tribute to former Kent editor Carol Davies who died after a battle with cancer. She was 73 years old.

Carol had worked as editor of the free Canterbury Adscene series and its paid-for sister papers, the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Times, before joining the Kent Messenger Group in 2002 to edit the free sheet Thanet Extra.

Carol Davies as the editor of the Thanet Extra. Photo: Matt McArdle

As well as being a respected and much-loved journalist, she had a passion for music and was an enthusiastic supporter of the Broadstairs Folk Festival.

In May 2021, during the Covid-19 lockdown, she finally married longtime partner and fellow journalist Matt Silk after what he described as a “very successful 25-year trial”.

Ian Carter, editorial director of Iliffe Media Group which now owns KM Group, was one of the first to pay tribute to him.

He said: “Carol was a great, passionate writer with a genuine love of life.

“In addition to her thirst for information and her passion for the communities she served, she was a huge fan of music. A quick chat on this week’s Thanet Extra often turned into a 45-minute discussion of bands she had discovered and gigs she was going to.”

Kent Walking Bus Awards at Gillingham Football Club in 2005 with, left to right, Transport Minister Stephen Ladyman, Thanet Extra community editor Carol Davies, Kentish Express editor Leo Whitlock and Medway Messenger editor Sarah Clarke
Kent Walking Bus Awards at Gillingham Football Club in 2005 with, left to right, Transport Minister Stephen Ladyman, Thanet Extra community editor Carol Davies, Kentish Express editor Leo Whitlock and Medway Messenger editor Sarah Clarke

He added: “Carol was very close to her mother and devastated when she passed away. It is incredibly sad that she left us far too soon. The thoughts of everyone who knew her at KM are with her friends and family.”

Harry Lambert, former owner of Adscene, said: “I am very sad to learn that Carol has left this earth. I have fond memories of an ever-smiling Carol who was eager to take on any task. .May she enjoy peace and freedom from pain and worry.”

Carol died on Monday at the Pilgrims Hospice in Canterbury.

Her husband Matt said: “I am heartbroken to tell you that my beautiful wife, soul mate, accomplice and best friend Carol left us tonight at 9.50pm. Me and her brother Lee were with her when she passed away peacefully. .

“There is some comfort in the fact that her empathy, her kindness, her love, her fun and her mischievousness will stay with so many friends and family. She will never truly leave us, but the world makes even less sense. without our Cazzles.”

Carol Davies, left, presents Paula Ray of Walking Bus and Dan Powell of Clic Sargent with a giant check in 2009. Photo: Paul Amos
Carol Davies, left, presents Paula Ray of Walking Bus and Dan Powell of Clic Sargent with a giant check in 2009. Photo: Paul Amos

Former colleague Graham Smith said: “Carol was one of the most caring, compassionate and lovely people I have ever had the chance to meet and one of the best journalists I have ever had the chance to work with. .

“We went back nearly 38 years to when she was a reporter and I was deputy editor at Adscene. We shared similar views on so many things, including local newspapers, the policy and management of Adscene and KM!

“Carol was a one-off. The world is a poorer place for her passing.”

Journalist Rachael Woods said: “Carol was a beautiful person, fun, feisty and fearless. Her light will shine.”

Carol, from Herne Bay, entered Pilgrims Hospice on July 27 after learning that six months of chemotherapy had failed to beat her cancer.

Carol Davies, Isle of Thanet Extra Editor
Carol Davies, Isle of Thanet Extra Editor

In her inimitable style, she broke the news to her friends on Facebook with the post: “To say that I was disappointed to hear that is an understatement.

Former photographer Jim Byrne recalls, “Carol was amazing with people and enchanted everyone she interviewed. My worst nightmare was showing up on someone’s doorstep without her because she was too close to the deadline. At this time, a grumpy face looked, pushed past me, angrily looks up and down the road, and asks ‘Where’s the girl?’

“Carol faced cancer with her usual courage and common sense. She was a warrior. She knew her prognosis wasn’t good, but what she really wanted was just ‘a little more time.” chemo sessions and showed up for a clinical trial. In the end, Cancer was just too relentless.

“With Carol gone, the world seems a bit darker and less appealing. She was a remarkable person, an accomplished storyteller and filled with wisdom gained through life’s ups and downs.”

Former colleague Nigel Munson added: “Her smile that could light up the darkest room and her eyes just mesmerized us poor lads. She was very self-effacing but enjoyed participating in the slightly anarchic atmosphere in the hall. writing.

Thanet Extra editor Carol Davies and KM-fm reporter Liz Leonard discuss ideas in the newsroom in 2005
Thanet Extra editor Carol Davies and KM-fm reporter Liz Leonard discuss ideas in the newsroom in 2005

“Her quiet sense of humor and gentle personality marked her as someone whose company we all embraced with devotion. She was so lovely. She was my dear friend, a journalist of style and quality stories whose feature films highlighted his love of the English language. La Gazette Céleste has a new star columnist!”

Her friend Karina Barker said: “We first met when Carol arrived to be editor of Thanet Extra. But on the first day she had no staff because someone had taken away all the computers to upgrade and sent staff to various locations around Kent – something we always said we would put in the book we never got to write.

“When we met on the second day, she offered me a drink, tea, coffee or miniature bottles of Baileys that her mother had sent for a staff treat.

“Carol was always determined to make sure everyone around her was well fed. Outside of work, she once persuaded us to go see her husband Matt Silk’s band, which led us to doing the same thing over and over and over again. nights out and made memories that will last a lifetime.”

Former colleague Peter Barnett said: “I worked very closely with Carol throughout her time at KM. I actually sat opposite or right next to her.

Carol Davies was taking friends and colleagues to see her husband Matt's band, Captain Mildred.  He then played with the Majestic 12
Carol Davies was taking friends and colleagues to see her husband Matt’s band, Captain Mildred. He then played with the Majestic 12

“We worked and played hard. She was a fun-loving friend and she stayed in touch after her retirement when she rightly indulged her music, family, friends and his garden.”

Former public relations manager Richard Harvey said: “Carol and I were on the board of Northdown Radio, which won the West Kent radio franchise but then merged into the East Kent franchise. We We were also in regular contact with journalists until I sold the business 12 years ago and often shared a laugh online through his Facebook posts.

He added: “I wonder if she realized how many people loved her. A congregation of that size should probably be housed at Canterbury Cathedral.”

Carol had close ties to Thanet and her late mother lived in Broadstairs.

Carol once recalled: “While I was still at school, I worked Saturdays at the Newbury Hotel in Norfolk Road, Cliftonville, which was owned by my late uncle and aunt, Reg and Joyce Holloway. I used to take a friend from school with me and after our shift we would spend our wages at Dreamland.”

“No funeral”

She made it clear that she did not want a funeral.

Her husband Matt said: “We’ll be getting together to celebrate her when the time comes so no flowers or cards. But it would be only fair if donations were made to Pilgrims Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support, Cancer Research UK and Hedgehog Preservation Society. She loved her pigs.