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Obituary - Vivienne Rome
16 April 2003
Vivienne Rome

The whole of Scottish carriage driving mourns the passing of one of its most loved figures with the untimely death of Vivienne Rome on Wednesday 16 April 2003.

A former director of the Scottish Carriage Driving Association, co-founder of Dumfries and Galloway Driving Club and twice National Champion in the sport to which she gave so much, Vivienne leaves behind many happy memories with us all.

She became National Novice Champion in the horse class in 1986 and in 1999 she won the National Championships pony pairs class. More successes followed with her pony pair, winning Lowther HDT in 2000 and Hopetoun House HDT in 2002. She also competed at Royal Windsor, coming 2nd in 2000 and 4th in 2002.

As well as being renowned for her competitive abilities, Vivienne was a fun filled person, who made sure everyone was a part of any event, whether they be steward, organizer or competitor and her letters of appreciation and thanks were legendary, as they came from one who understood the effort which had been made by all.

We can all remember too Vivienne in her many fancy dress guises, which could appear anywhere at any time to lighten the darkest mood. Our thoughts are with Jock and her family at this time.

Viv's funeral service will will be on Saturday 19th April at 11 am at Irongray Church, Dumfries to which all friends are respectfully invited. Funeral private thereafter, by request.

Wilson Weir