Family tributes paid to former town mayor
THE FAMILY of a former mayor who died after a short illness have paid tribute to her.
Brenda Lingard died last week aged 82. She was mayor of Bollington from 2008-2009 and threw herself into her civic duties.
Mrs Lingard was an active member of the community and councillor from 2004 to 2010.
Her husband, Alan, was also busy in the community and on Macclesfield Borough Council from 1976 to 1981.
Brenda’s family paid tribute to the bubbly mum-of-four who had six grandchildren and a great grandaughter.
Son Kevin said: “Mum was really involved in the community but her family was everything to her.
“She loved being part of Bollington. She liked the village atmosphere and loved being part of the church.
“She was bubbly and active.”
Brenda died at North Manchester General Hospital on Sunday, August 10, after contracting pancreatitis.
The retired teacher was born in Bramhall where she married Alan.
They lived for many years in Tytherington where they raised Kevin, his sisters Heather France and Hazel Wilkinson and brother Graham.
The couple moved to Bollington 25 years ago.
Brenda worked as a teacher at Macclesfield Central School for Girls before she had children, returning to the profession to teach specialist education until she retired.
She was a governor at Bollington Cross School and member of Bollington Methodist Church.
The sports fan played for Macclesfield Ladies tennis second team into her late 60s and was a fan of Manchester City and season ticket holder at Macclesfield Town.
Kevin said: “Mum was always busy and always the organiser.
“She will be sadly missed by us all. Mum was an interesting character and spoke her mind, but behind all that she was well-meaning and kind.
“She looked out for our neighbours, cooking for them and taking care of people.
“I will always remember that kindness.”
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