LONGE, Diana

1910 - 2003

As Diana Hastings, she was born at Tonbridge, Kent on 25 April 1910, eldest child of Percy Hastings, a major in the army, and his wife Kathleen née Hatton, who married at Stourbridge, Shropshire in 1909. In 1911, living at London Road, Tonbridge, Kent with her parents, 38 year old Percy and 26 year old Kathleen. Whilst at school she excelled at sport and, in the late 1920's, Diddy as she was known, qualified to play at Wimbledon. She married at Shifnal, Shropshire in 1933, Roland [Roly] Bacon Longe (1904-1990)[q.v.] and they had four children. In 1938, the family moved to Jamaica, where Roly was stationed for four years. During this time Diana worked in Kingston where she decoded military information for the government. Late in her life, Diana took up painting and had her work exhibited at galleries throughout the Woodbridge and Ipswich area and was a member of the Ipswich Art Club and exhibited from Hasketon Manor, near Woodbridge, Suffolk in 1977 two paintings 'Still Life with Onions' and 'Still Life with Leeks' and was a regular exhibitor of two or three paintings annually including in 1980 'Bird's Nest' and 'Beech Leaves'. She died in the Deben district of Suffolk in July 2003.