ONE of Bradford on Avon’s ‘shining lights’ has been lost after she was mauled to death by wild animals whilst she was holidaying in Greece.

Celia Hollingworth, who lived on her own in Church Acre, was reported missing last Thursday after enjoying a visit to the Mesimvria archaeological site near Petrota Beach, near the Turkish border.

It has been reported that the 62-year-old made a frantic final phone call to her family moments after being attacked by a pack of wolves or wild dogs. Her body was found on Saturday in the mountainous region.

Miss Hollingworth, who had retired from a career in administration at universities including Bath, Bristol and Oxford, was well known for campaigning against fracking, and as a member of the West Wiltshire Amnesty group.

Recently she was active in the campaign against a 15-metre high mobile phone mast in the town, and fundraising for Syrian refugees.

Neighbour Barry Chapman, who knew her for nearly 50 years, said: “It is so sad that one of the town’s shining lights has gone out, especially with the manner of her death. It is heart-breaking.

“I worked with her at Bath University way back in the 1970s and she was a terrific and principled woman who stood up for what she believed in. She was a born campaigner. She seemed to be interested in everything and she was just a lovely and kind person. I will miss her dearly.”

Greek coroner Nikolaos Kifinidis said this week it was more likely Miss Hollingworth was killed by rabid wolves and jackals than by feral dogs. A local pathologist and specialists from the University of Thrace were due to conduct a postmortem this week.

Alan Clifford, who lived three doors down from Miss Hollingworth, said: “She was an immensely warm and caring person. I knew her for a good 15 years and she was always looking out for people.

“I remember one time I was limping down the street as I had a sore hip and she came out and said did I want to use her walking frame. It was just things like that that gave you an insight into how she looked out for people.”

Neighbour Jenny Davis said: “Celia had a smile for everyone. This street is a less bright and cheery place. My thoughts are with her family.”

It is understood Miss Hollingworth’s family flew to Greece this week, where they have been receiving support from the Foreign Office.