Tributes to much-loved mum

  • 14 February, 2022
  • On the pier


Tributes have been paid to a much-loved mum
who spent her entire life involved in the amusement and fairground industry.

Lynn Ball, 69, passed away in a hospital in
Scotland after a short illness while visiting relatives.

Mrs Ball, of Kings Road, Clacton, grew up
in her own family fairground business in Glasgow. The Codonas travelled around
the country with a yard based in the Riddrie area of the city.

One of her earliest experiences was travelling
to Woolwich Common with the fair as a one-year-old for the Queen’s Coronation
in 1953. The Codonas had been asked to provide their fairground equipment to
represent Scotland by the Showman’s Guild.

The family went on to set up a permanent
site, Codona’s Amusement Park in Aberdeen, in 1971.

After she married Billy Ball in 1977, she
continually supported him in his amusement business with sites in St Osyth,
Walton and Jaywick.

And then when her sons Billy and Elliot
bought Clacton Pier in March 2009, she worked in various areas of the
attraction right up until her death.

However, she will be best remembered as a
homemaker, devoted to her family and friends.

“Throughout mum’s life her greatest
attribute has always been the loving and kind nature that she embodied every
day of her life,” said Billy and Elliot.

“Growing up as her sons, the overwhelming
feeling of unconditional love and the support we have received throughout our
lives has been immeasurable.

“Whatever the circumstances, whether in the
past or the future, we know there is no greater love or care, than that showed
to us by our mum.”

Born Lynn Codona, in September 1952, she
was the fourth of five children and a twin.

She attended St Thomas’ Primary school
close to the family’s yard, and then went onto senior school in Glasgow,
leaving at 16.

Mrs Ball was introduced to her husband at a
friend’s wedding and once married they set up home in Kings Road, Clacton.
Their first son Billy was born in 1981 and Elliot three years later.

A funeral was held at St James’ Church in
Clacton on February 7, followed by cremation at Weeley Crematorium.

The funeral procession began from Clacton
Pier, where Scottish flags were flown a half mast, and made its way to the
church where around 500 people attended.


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