Fam­ily trib­utes paid to for­mer town mayor

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES -

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.”

●» Brenda Lin­gard

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