Bristol's LGBTQ communities are in mourning this week but thankful for the life and activism of Dale Wakefield who has passed on at the age of seventy eight. She died on Saturday 5th September surrounded by her family and friends. Dale founded Bristol's Gay Switchboard in 1975. A Bishopston person, Dale was married in younger life, but her marriage ended and she moved to London where she worked as a Prison Officer. It was here that she realised she was gay although did not have a relationship at that point in time.