Superintendent Registrar - who issued thousands of birth, marriage and death certificates in Louth - passes away

Sylvia June Newton on her 90th birthday (Inset: Sylvia aged 21). EMN-150110-121323001
Sylvia June Newton on her 90th birthday (Inset: Sylvia aged 21). EMN-150110-121323001

A Louth woman who became Lincolnshire’s longest serving Superintendent Registrar - and issued over 10,000 birth, marriage and death certificates - has died aged 90.

Sylvia June Newton was born on June 6, 1925, and celebrated her 90th birthday earlier this year.

Sylvia became well known in the town, conducting over 2,500 marriages at Louth Register Office during her 30 years in the role, before her retirement in 1990.

One of these marriages was that of her son Clive and daughter-in-law Sue on March 31, 1990, just before she retired. She was particularly pleased to share in their silver wedding celebrations earlier this year.

Sylvia had custody of the filled registers and had care of the births, deaths and marriage registers from 1837 when registration first started, right up until those in use when she retired.

She dealt with many changes in legislation, the biggest of which was the lowering of the age of majority from 21 to 18.

Following her retirement, Sylvia and her husband, Stanley worked in the Oxfam shop in Louth. Stanley died in 1997, and two years later Sylvia moved to Nottinghamshire to live with her family.

Sylvia died peacefully at her home on Sunday September 20.