Obituary: Margaret Palmer

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Margaret Palmer of David Palmer Coaches sadly passed away on Saturday 22 August following a long battle against cancer.

Margaret Palmer of David Palmer Coaches passed away in late August. DAVID PALMER COACHES

Margaret and her husband David started out back in the late 1970s with a minibus. Business boomed so they bought a coach and that’s where it all began. They soon joined the BCC which later became CPT and were active members of the West Yorkshire group. Margaret was also a founder member of the CTC (now CTA) where she was a long-serving board member and held the post of Vice Chairman for many years.

Over the years Margaret received many accolades for her contributions to the travel industry which included the CTC Award in 1998 and the CoachMonthly & CDC Special Award in 2007. It was a very proud moment when Margaret, along with husband David, attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace in recognition of her work within the coaching industry.

Her son Andrew and wife Lisa joined the growing business in 1994. As time went by Margaret began to take things a bit easier and retired in 2009 due to ill health, but then went on to work with local charities and was on the social committee for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Margaret lived life to the full and made many close friends within the coaching industry. Since her departure, her daughter-in-law Lisa is still flying the Palmer family flag at Palmer Holidays in Normanton, which is now part of the UK Holiday Group.