Great Loss – RIP Lyn Daniels- originaly added to blog 04-01-10It is with great sadness that I can confirm to you that my friend Lyn Daniels
( known to some also as Carolyn Dawson)
passed away very suddenly in the hospital a few doors from her flat in Brighton.
All of this happened during December 2009The following are the words read at her Non-Religious Funeral Service
At Woodvale Crematorium, BrightonCarolyn Jennifer Dawson
known to us as LYNN DANIELS ( 6th October 1954 – 16th December 2009 )

As more than 60 attendees (friends, colleagues neighbours, and family) entered the chapel,
Lyn’s coffin at the centre of the room dressed with floral tributes, a purple feather and a stunning framed picture of Lyn performing in fishnet bodysuit, feathers and diamonds.

 

A medley of music, much loved and meaningful to Lynn (andmany of us), was played including …
Applause, Miss Spectacular and No Regrets by Shirly Bassey

Humanist “Celebrant” Martin Wooler (BHA) led the ceremony

flowers from The WayOut ClubINTRODUCTION
On behalf of her brother, Peter and sister-in-law, Leonie, I bid you welcome to the funeral of Carolyn Jennifer Dawson (also known to many of you as “Lyn Daniels”).  Carolyn died suddenly at the Royal Sussex County Hospital on the afternoon of 16th December, having been admitted early that morning suffering from pneumonia. She was just 55 years of age – not please note “old”!

Carolyn is survived by her nephews, Matt, Nick & Greg as well as her father, Charlie – who, Peter told me, was “‘immensely proud” of his daughter. Sadly, having just come out of hospital he is unable to be present today. I hope you will join with me in extending our condolences to her family at this time.

Somewhere it is written, “…by a woman’s friends shall you know her … “
Whether you knew Carolyn as a family member, circus performer, sword swallower, fire eater, fellow cast member in a show, neighbour, friend or larger than life presence, in the Transgendered community …
The presence of so many of you, here this afternoon, – not to mention the many more who have posted on the “WayOut Publishing”‘ website – confirm so eloquently – just how many lives have been touched by, and the high regard in which Carolyn was held.
To you all – on her family’s behalf I thank you for your loving presence and support this afternoon.

flowers

 

 

My name is Martin Wooller. As an accredited Funeral Celebrant of the British Humanist Association, it is my privilege – a term I use with some care – to lead Carolyn’s funeral ceremony in which we will say good bye to her with love, honor and respect in an upbeat and positive way that is intended to kick start your individual process of healing and recovery.

Because the best, indeed perhaps the only, response to death lies in the whole hearted affirmation of life. Just as importantly, we are here to Celebrate Carolyn’s life as you give thanks for all that she brought into your lives. One way of describing Carolyn is that she lived her life with limited regard for the conventional. So you will not be surprised that her funeral isn’t what you could call conventional, either! For a start you are not asked to recite prayers or sing hymns. Instead you are asked to sit, listen and think. About Carolyn, the way she chose to live her life and what she meant, in her own way, to each and every one of you. May I also seek to reassure any of you who do follow a religious faith that, as humanist, I honor, value and respect your faith[s] and later there is time for your own private prayer.

That, I think, is a good point for our first reading, which is the poem,
“Farewell, My Friends: Rabindranath Tagore”.
It has been chosen because it is true to the sense I have of Carolyn which is of:

A woman who had battled to get where she wanted to be and had lived
life to the full on her own terms but, as you will shortly hear, she still had the great gift of receiving and giving friendship.

Further, this poem says to me that while we live on in the hearts and memories of those we loved [and by whom we were loved] in a sense we live forever.

 

“It was beautiful while it lasted, the journey of my life.
I have no regrets whatsoever, save the pain I’ll leave behind
Those dear hearts who love and care.
The strings pulling at heart and soul
The strong arms that held me up
When my own strength let me down.
At every turning of my life I came across good friends.
Friends who stood by me even when time raced me by..
Farewell, farewell my friends.
I smile and bid you good bye.
No, shed no tears, for I need them not.
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad, do think of me.
For that’s what I’ll like.
When you live in the hearts of those you love,
Remember then, you never die. “

 

THOUGHTS ON LIFE & DEATH
Tomorrow it will be a full calendar month since Carolyn’s sudden death. Time which, I suspect, may well have passed by in a blur as you learned of her passing – with the so-called festive season coming just after Carolyn’s death it has taken time for the news to spread. At times like this it is only human to question, to seek answers, to try to understand. The explanations provided by the doctors may, possibly, begin to answer the “Why?” but cannot explain the “Why Me, Why Her, and Why Us ?”. Carolyn’s untimely death reminds us all that life is indeed very fragile. For many of us it is a struggle to find the strength to come to understand (let alone accept) that life is like a flower petal – so beautiful and perfect, yet so fragile, vulnerable and transitory. It is entirely understandable if you feel absolutely dreadful, today. As you look around your lives, there will be nobody quite like Carolyn- nor could there be because the unique conjunction of circumstance, heredity and experience that produced her epic journey from an upbringing in Lancashire to a busy fulfilling life in London and latterly in Brighton have now passed. Also, you have lost a much loved friend who brought joy, laughter and light into your lives. Perhaps as bad, making your sense of loss even more acute, is that none of you had a chance to say goodbye – Carolyn’s passing was, I feel, as unexpected as it was unwelcome. Plans that had been made will not now come to fruition – for example in January Carolyn was due to go on a cruise to the Canaries with her close friend, Christine Goodwin. So if you find yourself overtaken by a great numbing sadness, today, I say to you all that you should not be surprised by either the intensity of your emotions or your reaction to those emotions. For, you are grieving, my friends, which means that you are dealing with emotions that, thankfully, are absent from most of our lives for most of the time. Whether a person’s death is expected, or not, – and goodness knows, Carolyn’s was not – their passing will have an impact on you. Understand, too, that it can take months for those feelings to bubble to the surface and it can happen in the most disconcerting ways and at the most unexpected of times.
First, give yourself time and space to grieve which requires, in turn, that you
allow yourself to accept that death is inescapable and inevitable because all that has
life is subject to an end. Indeed as a Humanist, I think much of life’s significance
comes from the fact that there is an end to it.
Secondly, be comforted that you do not grieve alone. As individuals we are
sustained by the love, companionship and encouragement of those who are still with
us. It is in your common humanity, together, that you will find strength and
consolation.
Thirdly, Carolyn’s life still matters. The memories and influence of her life will
ripple out and echo through your lives for years. This means that you can be secure
in the knowledge that your own lives were better for having been part of Carolyn’s
life and she of yours…
Finally, when you think of Carolyn think of the good things. To balance some of
the grief you feel at her passing, hold on to your good memories of Carolyn. Use
those memories, very deliberately, to help yourselves begin to heal.

With those thoughts very much in mind, I’m now going to read a poem I only discovered recently, “Grieve: M. A. Hamilton”.
I think Carolyn would have understood and approved of the message of this poem – as a woman who always lived very much in, and for, the present, she would not have wanted you to grieve her overlong.

 

“Grieve,
but not too much
because she laughed – a lot
loved and was loved – a lot
played – a lot
felt – a lot
sang – a lot
watched and saw – a lot
ate, drank, dreamt
and sometimes [even] swore – a lot
and she leaves – such a lot.”

 

TRIBUTES TO CAROLYN
We come now to the point in the Ceremony when you are going to hear tributes to Carolyn from friends who knew her really well for many years – Christine Goodwin, Elaine Pringle and Vicky Lee.

lynCHRISTINE GOODWIN
I am not going to go into Carolyn´s illness, but suffice to say that it was very sudden in hospital. I know she will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved her, a flame that once burned, flickered for just a short while then quietly went out.

Carolyn would have been overwhelmed by all the love of her family and friends in this place (i.e over 60 people the funeral chapel) .

Today we are here to celebrate her life. If you look back to the last time you saw Carolyn she was smiling, she had an infectious smile and laugh, she had a great style, wit and generosity like no other.

The last time we were together, she had been to a Chiropractor because she had back pain. I used to joke that it was the 6″ stilletoes, we spent a fabulous week end just before she went into hospital.

Carolyn has performed in many shows/musicals/circuses around the world including Las Vegas, Cairo and in Europe, including Spain, Germany, Holland and Portugal. Carolyn was indeed a star. But of course she loved performing in her own country, especially here in Brighton,
at Ron Storme´s venues in London and at The WayOut Club in the last decade. Her very favourite music is from the un-produced show ´Miss Spectacular´¨, which was due to be a musical in Las Vegas. Most of us know Carolyn from her Burlesque dancing and she also tap-danced.
Her fire-eating performances also always brought the house down.

I first met her in the 1980s and we have been very close ever since. We were together on both the Kilroy show on the BBC and This-Morning on ITV, when she came to support me. Carolyn loved the theatre and last year we went to many performances, particularly musicals, but on many occasions she arrived late and indeed, upon the visit to Ascot, when we were in the box next to the Queen, she was so excited – by the time she arrived, that her majesty had gone home. I took her to see ´Priscilla Queen of the Dessert´ and we arrived halfway through the performance! The last time that Carolyn was due to appear at The WayOut Club it was my fault she was late. I had taken her for dinner at the Grosvenor in London. We left in plenty of time but when we got near the club the traffic was horrendous and we got so late that Carolyn was furious with me. It all worked out well in the end!

LynWhen she was appearing at a circus in Germany, she was allocated a caravan that she had to tow behind her car and one day the circus was moving between towns and she was stopped by the police on the motorway. Carolyn was suprised when the officer said ´Madame do you realise that your caravan is on fire. When she looked behind her car, all that was left was a smoking chassis. Carolyn never looked behind. When Carolyn went on tour, she never went with one suitcase, it was a dozen! She went on tour with Gerry Cottle’s circus around 1990 and we had to take two cars to drop her off at Kings Cross, because she never travelled light!

We went to Paris for the weekend with Bobbie and of course we all went to the famous nightclub ´Madame Artur´ and they knew of Carolyn and treated her like royalty. We went to a large fashionable dress-shop in central Paris and although we were all supposed to be short of cash. As soon as the dresses were tried on, the handbags flew open and out came the French Francs and suddenly we had a car load of dresses. We then had the indignity of being towed back to Calais with a tow-truck as the car broke-down.

On Carolyn´s birthday on October 6th, i took her to Eastbourne to see a show at the Hippodrome theatre. We saw the ´Good Old Days´. After the show, which enthralled us both, Carolyn talked to the manager of the theatre about all of the stars who had performed there over the years. She also spoke to some of the artists. Of course once again we were late for dinner and afterwards we stayed the night in a hotel in the town.

It was then that Carolyn told me that she had received a birthday card from her Dad, which was headed ´to my daughter´.
She was SO happy!

We gather here today for her. A warm human being. A shy and sometimes lonely person, sensitive and at times in fear of rejection. Yet ever avid for life, reaching out for fulfillment. In our memories of her she remains alive, not only as an artist on stage but as a glamorous personality. For us Carolyn was a devoted and loyal friend, and to me she was more than a friend. Carolyn was always reaching for perfection at home and in her performances on stage.

LynWe shared our pain and difficulties and some of our joys, she was a member of our family. It is difficult to accept the fact that her zest for life has been ended by this dreadfull illness. Despite the things she has done in the past she was planning for the future. She was looking forward to participating in the many exciting things we had planned together, including her new Burlesque act in Spain and the UK. She was so excited! Today, (15th Jan 2010) we should be cruising back to the Canary Islands, something that Carolyn had always wanted to do all of her life. To go on a voyage on a luxury ship like the Queen Mary.

But it was not to be.

Carolyn was a star in her own lifetime. I have not the words to describe or talk of the myth of such a fabulous star. There was something more in Carolyn that people recognised, a quality that was even more evident when she was on stage, in her performances, she had a luminous that set her apart yet made everyone wish to be a part of it.

Now it is at an end. I hope that her death will start sympathy and understanding for a sensitive artist and a woman who brought joy and pleasure to both her many friends and the people who saw her perform.

I cannot say goodbye, i say Au Revoir because where she has gone we will all visit someday.

 

ELAINE PRINGLE

“I can’t let this occasion pass without speaking of Lynn’s life. We met at a party in Purley over 30 years ago. At that time and for several years after, Lynn went under the stage name of “Gary Peters”. Why she did so was a complete mystery to me. Her femininity, both on and off stage set her apart from others on the scene. Indeed, I think this was why her appeal was to mixed audiences rather than to all-male gay audiences, at places such as the ‘Vauxhall Tavern’, where the last thing thay wanted to look at was a woman – unless it was as a parody of one [ of which there were many].

Lynn went through many ordeals in her life, one being the cancellation of her operation on the very day it was set for. Another was the pain she went through when she finally had t which I saw for myself when I visited her in hospital. Since then, follow up throat operations gave her nothing but thorat problems, particularly in swallowing.

Lynn was a very lonely person and longed for a man to love, who would in turn love her long-term and settle down with the pickett fence. Sometimes she made bad choices. One man, staying with her in Kensall Rise, took her car and house key and was never seen again ! This necessitated my going over at midnight to change her door lock !

Over the years, Lynn took to the stage and indeed the circus ring ( and the Circus of Horrors) in many parts of the world – Europe, Turkey and South America. The stage was where she felt at home and was born to be, confident and happy. Off stage she was a different person, as if with the stage curtain no longer there, she was vulnerable to the outside world. Every walk seemed to be at breakneck speed to get her to her destination in the shortest possible time.

I was so pleased that she managed to move from Gillingham, Kent to Brighton where I hoped she might meet kindred spirits and where I am sure she did.

She was a kind, generous and thoughtful soul, always willing to talk – provided it didn’t clash with ‘Coronation St’ of which she was a devoted follower! Checks were always needed with the TV programmes to ensure it wasn’t on or about to be !

She always showed her concern for my welfare and demonstrated it each year with the reward of an additional star on my Birthday Card as I stayed alive for another year beyond my 60th birthday.. 

Sadly, my 68th birthday passed last week without the 8 Star Birthday Card which I would have got from her, but I do have those 7 previous Birthday Cards as a testament to what a wonderful caring friend she was and one that will be sorely missed.

It was with pride on my part that she always referred to me as her ‘oldest and dearest friend’.”

VICKY LEE

Some dream of being a fairy princess,

Some dream of performing with the circus,
Some dream of breathing fire,
Some dream of walking down the staircase of a showgirl revue
looking fabulous in a costume of feathers and diamonds.

Some dream of having loving friends
Some dream of having loving family
Some dream of mixing with celebrities
Some dream of being thought of as a celebrity
looking like a celebrity and being treated like a celebrity

JUST To dream such dreams would make for a very special life
BUT To achieve such dreams would be a Spectacular Life

Carolyn – our Miss Lyn Daniels achieved a Spectacular Life
while retaining her grace, her humility, along side her candid joy in her achievements.

Lyn will remain now in our memories
Forever graceful
Forever beautiful
Forever wonderful
Forever Spectacular

With love and condolences to all her family and friends
from Vicky Lee, Lesley, Giles and The WayOut Club

PERIOD OF PEACE & REFLECTION
We will now have a few minutes for private reflection. During it you can make your own individual farewell to Carolyn as you reflect, perhaps, on what you have heard and what she has meant [and I am sure will continue to mean] to you. For those of you with religious belief, this will be an appropriate moment for private prayer. While you sit and reflect there will be music playing. As with the music you heard initially, it is a medley that has been put together by Jorge who knew Carolyn for over 25 years. It recalls the Carolyn that you all knew with her great enjoyment of shows and performing. There is material from “Chorus Line, Mame and Miss Spectacular”

COMMITTAL
In a few moments Carolyn’s coffin will go from your sight. I say to you all that you should be glad for her because Carolyn is beyond the
changes and chances of this our mortal lot. So in deep sorrow, but without fear, and with the greatest possible love, honor and
respect, I ask you to commend the memory and hopes of Carolyn Dawson, also known as Lynn Daniels, to your hearts as we commit her body to its final end. And now a “Blessing For Lynn”

“We rejoice that you have lived.
We are glad that we saw your face,
We took delight in your friendship.
We cherish the memory of your words,
Your achievements, your character, your qualities.
With love we leave you in peace.
With respect we bid you farewell.”

CLOSING WORDS
In a few minutes we will leave this chapel. Before we do, I am asked to thank you all for your presence and support today and to remind you that from 3:30pm, Carolyn’s wake is being held at “‘The Star-, Manchester Street, Kemp Town, where I am sure you will take full opportunity to share further good memories and to give Lynn a colorful and as good a send off – after all, she made your lives good and colourful!
This afternoon we have remembered and celebrated a life that has ended much too soon- but one of which I hope you have many good memories that will help you come through these days. Over the weeks to come, as you return to what we like to think of as “normality” take
time to remember not only what you heard but also how you felt today. Do not feel that you are somehow required to part from Carolyn hastily. Instead let her live on in your hearts as you talk amongst yourselves, often, about Carolyn and recall just why she was so very special to you. Above all, promise yourselves that you will lead your own lives more fully and to better effect because you had the privilege of knowing and loving Carolyn Dawson / Lynn Daniels

Carolyn made full use of her life and also I think the poem has a message that we can all do well to heed – And so I ask you to think on these last lines, the poem “The Dash Between The Lines: by Linda Ellis”.

I read of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
From the beginning … to the end

He noted that first came her date of birth
And spoke the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
That she spent alive on earth…
And now only those who loved her
Know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own;
The cars … the house … the cash,
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard..
Are there things you’ve like to change?
For you never know how much time is left,
That can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
To consider what’s true and real,
And always try to understand
The way other people feel
And be less quick to anger,
And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,
And more often wear a smile.
Remembering that this special dash
May last only a little while.

So, when your eulogy is being read
With your life’s actions to rehash…
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?”

 

As we leave, the final piece of music that is playing is “Simply The Best. By Tina Turner” which I hope you will find a good way to bring this Ceremony to its conclusion because I think that Simply the Best is exactly what Carolyn was…

 

LynLyn Daniels”Her Own Creation”

The following, edited by Vicky Lee is from an article originally written by Pandora De Pledge in 2004 for ‘Utterly Fabulous’ magazine issue 7 Lynn Daniel’s is a friend for whom I have great affection and respect. Always sweet natured and such a graceful lady. It was great to do the photo shoot with her during which, she showed incredible patience. When after six hours of shooting, we said, “Strip off Lynn and jump on this box”, she was still full of energy and excitement.  Mark (Ms. Debonair), Jamie (DJ Titch) and I spent two hours body painting her to produce the fabulous cover image (for Utterly Fabulous issue 7). She particularly enjoyed having her ‘nether regions’ painted. While we worked, I asked her to tell us about her amazing life… I started dancing school in Bury near Manchester at the age of eleven, dance examiners used to remark that I should try and dance in a more masculine way. Once my mother commented as a joke, “Maybe you should have been a girl!”. At age seventeen I got my break in to show business dancing in ‘Showtime’ at the Gaiety Theatre in Rhyll. I loved every minute of it, except for the fact that I was jealous of the girl dancers and their fabulous costumes. I worked in many other shows and traveled the world. While dancing in a revue in Italy the shows fire eater taught me the skills of working with fire. I moved in to female impersonation and fire eating, getting my first break at ‘The Black Cat’ in Pascara in Italy. It was when working at Sheraton Hotel in Cairo that the crunch came when I was told that I could not go out dressed after the show because, “You are a man”. Immediately I thought, “No one is going to say that to me ever again”. I left the show and came home and went to see the gender reassignment specialist at Charing Cross Hospital, he started me on hormone treatment.

 

Lyn

Six months later I auditioned as a girl with my fire act, and was soon touring the country, working in a very cleverly cut diamonte bikini. I loved it but felt like a fraud and I was very nervous. I almost got caught having a shave one day! After this I had lots of very painful electrolysis. Finally I plucked up the courage to tell my parents that I was transitioning to be a girl. My mother in relief said, “So that’s, what’s wrong with you”. She was concerned that a sex change operation would be irreversible. I said, “This is best thing about it, the more irreversible the better! No one could ever say YOU ARE A MAN ever again”. My parents paid for my reassignment surgery, after which there was no stopping me. I managed to fulfill my biggest dream, to be a showgirl in the chorus at the ‘Theatro Apollo’ in Barcelona. After this I went to Germany and toured with the five thousand seat ‘Circus Krone’.  I tap danced down silver staircases in huge Ostrich feather headdresses, I rode the elephants, I flew in Aerial rope ballet, and I worked my fire eating. After five years with the circus I moved on to work in many other shows around the world. I now love being at home which I share with my cat Lucy in Kent (later to move to Brighton) doing one night cabarets. The only thing missing in my life at the moment is that ‘special person’. I love returning to my roots and appearing in the shows at The WayOut Club. Reading through this I am amazed at my achievements given that I am dyslexic, tone deaf and have two left feet. I consider myself a very lucky ‘girl’. If I can do it, anyone can!

 

 

TRIBUTES FOLLOW HERE… ( to add your message email me contact me )Nicki Barr 23 January at 15:52
I count myself lucky to have made her acquaintance – a lovely lady and a showgirl to every inch of her.
I was sure greasepaint ran in her veins..
I’ve just posted the following, as a thread on Roses Forum – I first met Lynn, one frozen night in London, in 2004, at the House of Drag (now, sadly no more). We were the only people, other than the barman, who managed to make it through the ice and snow, but spent the evening in happy conversation. I recall her telling me that she’d transitioned in 1982, after travelling around Europe working as a circus performer and showgirl. Stunningly pretty, she was a performer to every inch of her fingertips, as anyone who saw her various acts at the Brighton Miss TG competitions may recall. A dancer, fire-eater and singer, amongst many other talents, she also regularly acted as a judge, in recent years, for competitions at various events. My memories are of a wonderful lady who could, at the drop of a hat, be called to fill a gap on stage and do it brilliantly – a true show woman. I, for one, will sadly miss her – but count myself lucky for having known her..” … Nicki BarrLynMeeting Lyn by Vicky Lee
I first met Lyn Daniels at Ron Storme’s party in Bow, East London. That must have been back in about 1990/91.
She had a man on his back on the dance floor his shoes at his side, running three metal sticks with burning pads alight, flames licking over the soles of his feet. She was so approachable after her performance in fact she was very humble which I found astounding as I was in such awe of her beauty, her VERY revealing costume, her talent and the very fact that she was (I knew) transsexual. I have to say that Lyn was the first Transsexual that I had ever met in the flesh (well flesh net) and the first transsexual that I had met that I could not possibly imagine as ever being male.
Over the next 20 years we were together many times. We met in circumstances where she dressed down for rehearsals or in simple public occasions. She always looked so lovely – a real inspiration.
Lyn was always so humble and often found those around her awesome – when in truth she had every right to be the Diva in the room but was all the more the ‘Lady’ for not being the ‘Diva’.
On one occasion Lyn invited me to the ‘Camden Roundhouse’ to see her perform in the show ‘Circus of Horrors’. My guests including my (straight) best friends, including Lesley and her aunty from OZ. They all met Lyn after the show when she had them entranced and in stitches as she regaled them with the story of the promotional stunt that she had taken part in that very afternoon, hanging upside down from a crane , in full costume, with others from the show, like a human chandelier, over the river Thames.
Lyn was a great favorite of Steffan’s their joint love of glamour and stage made them very close. Lyn was a great help and support to Steffan at his Thursday night ‘House of Drag’.
Lyn enjoyed the opportunity to take part in a stunning idea for the cover of ‘Utterly Fabulous’ magazine issue 7 created by Pandora De Pledge. I have included this picture and the picture created for the center spread. Pandora took the opportunity to write a small biography based on Lyn’s stories told during the shoot for the project.
I am sad to think of the loss of a growing number of talented wonderful friends who we have lost long before we should have done.
The only small degree of compensation I have, is that knowing that all of these beautiful people would have struggled with the aging process and fading good looks. They would be happy to always now be remembered at their very beautiful best.
Always young, and beautiful – forever…. Vicky Lee xxxGiles…..aka… Miss Sarah Lloyd of London
Words will not be able to express how much of a loss to myself and all of us at the WayOut club Lynn’s departure will bring….. she brought a unique talent to the WayOut….. as a lot of you know, I share her love for theatrical, creativity and i’ll miss not being able to work with her in any more shows.. I will endeavour to keep her inspirational memory alive … …… Giles

Friends tell me that just a few weeks before her death, Lyn was hosting the door for one of her regular Brighton clubs, in her favorite skimpy costume. On this cold December night, with her usual sweet humor, she said “oooo I’m going to catch my death of cold”. Unfortunately this comment, made in jest, proved to be prophetic as it was very shortly after she was taken into hospital with chest pain that turned into Pneumonia which whisked her away with such shocking speed.

Helen Essex wrote – I had my picture taken with Lyn that very night. I am so sad to know this news. She was so welcoming and she looked so gorgous that night. It was taken 27th November at the ‘Transister’ night at a new venue in Brighton. Opposite the peir on the seafront. So sad. I remember at the time thinking how beautiful she was. I will treasure this picture. If you want to share it be my guest.
Hugs n Kisses Helen Essex.

Sue Shepherd at Lacies Hove & Folkestone

www.fantasygirl.co.uk
So sorry ot hear of Lyn’s death I knew her very well. Indeed it was me who introduced her to Brighton when she took up our invite to perform at the 1st ever Miss TG Brighton competition before Brighon’s Mayor in 2004. She so enjoyed herself
that she moved back to Brighon and so became a real shining light in Brighton’s TG Community.
To think she had ever been anything other than Lyn was inconceivable.
She was a real character who never had a bad word to say about anybody .. Sue Shepherd

Jeevan Stone 11 January at 15:42
I performed at The WayOut Club trans x factor, in 2008… and was fortunate to see Lyn perform the 2nd time i visited the club.
I am so so sorry for your loss and i am sending all my love to you and all WayOut regulars.
I will be thinking of you all xxxx Jeevan x god bless Lyn and everyone who loved her … Jeevan

 

LynIzzy Threekings 03 January at 14:24
I am so sorry to hear about Lynn sudden death and yes i myself remember her and her unique burlesk show that only Lynn has the talent to do it with justice. I am joining you and the rest of transgender community for this sad but a must remember person and her memories…
I will offer a prayer and light a candle only for Lynn.
She will have a peaceful rest.
Izzy

Silkie Devi 02 January at 15:25
May the soul of Lyn rest in God’s Peace! – Silkie.

Sahhara Ella 02 January at 14:10
Im truly saddened about Lyn, she was a lovely person, ever so gentle,she kept on performing.
i really did admired her. She was such a friendly/beautiful person.
may her soul rest in peace.
Sahhara

Collagen Westwood 02 January at 13:43
🙁 so ffing sad what a beauty inside and out she was xxx

Michaela Marbella
Very sad news indeed. MMMxxx

Taura May Tyrer
My Sincere condolences to Lyn Daniels friends and family.
I do agree with you Vicky that she was such a talented and a great performer.
I always admired and looked up her as an good example to me and to the community.

Blue Jay Sad loss for the community x

Lola Lypsinka I’m so sorry to hear this 🙁 XX

Farrah Mills
So sorry to hear about Lyn, I didnt really know her but remember so many of her performances at Wayout,
my thoughts are with her friends and family at this difficult time xx

Paula
I had known Lyn since the mid 80’s and she along with Caroline ( Tula ) Cossey were my heroines.
Ron Storme introduced me to Lyn at one of his wonderful Saturday evenings and I was struck by her natural inner and outer beauty. To do this day I will never really believe that she was other than a genetic woman. She was an icon in the transgender community.

I called an old friend yesterday ( who I have not spoken to for a few years ) and she told me that Lyn had passed away in December 2009.
I am totally shocked and devastated. For Lyn to die at such a young age is so cruel and wrong.
In October 2009, Lyn and I met up and had a lovely evening together. We talked about her wonderful career and us going to a sports event together in July 2003. The men could not keep their eyes off her.
If only I had known she had died, I would have been at her funeral down in Brighton like a shot.
Sadly my change of phone number meant that they could not contact me.
Lyn, I will never forget you and it was a privilege to have known you.
Not only were you a friend ( who I did not see enough of ) but you were a total inspiration to me.

She was an outstanding lady and a beautiful human being.
Rest In Peace dearest Lyn.
Paula xx (March 2011)