Tributes are paid af­ter the death of town leg­end Betty

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - DANIELLE ROPER

TRIBUTES have been paid af­ter the death of ‘Mrs Bolling­ton’. Those who knew her say for­mer Mayor of Bolling­ton Betty Bon­son, who lived in the town for her whole life, was ‘a true Bolling­to­nian’ al­ways will­ing to help peo­ple.

For­mer Bolling­ton Mayor Betty, 88, sat on Bolling­ton Town Coun­cil for 30 years and re­mained an hon­orary coun­cil­lor un­til she died on March 8 at Carmel Lodge Care Home, Adling­ton.

She was for­mer-sec­re­tary of the Mayor of Bolling­ton’s Se­nior Ci­ti­zen’s Com­mit­tee, worked closely with the NSPCC, and even had a road in Bolling­ton named af­ter her – Ham­son Drive, taken from her maiden name.

Betty’s daugh­ter, Deb­bie Fazl-Lavas­sani, said: “Peo­ple knew her as Mrs Bolling­ton. She was very kind, al­ways col­lect­ing peo­ple’s pen­sions and putting lotteries on for them. We had so many laughs to­gether. She al­ways said ‘ Mis­ery gets you nowhere’.”

The grand­mother-ofthree and mother to Deb­bie, 54, and An­nette Fisher, 60, was one of 100 nom­i­nees for Cheshire Woman of the Year 1998 for her NSPCC work, a legacy from her mother, Mary Ham­son, who started the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s Bolling­ton branch.

She also loved danc­ing. Deb­bie said: “She met my dad at a dance and her favourite song was The Mav­er­icks’ Dance The Night Away.”

A mem­ber of the Bolling­ton Ram­blers, she trav­elled widely too to Canada, Aus­tralia and Ger­many.

For­mer Mayor of Bolling­ton Sylvia Roberts said: “Betty was a trea­sure, gen­er­ous to a fault. She was one of life’s en­hancers, no airs and graces, com­mon sense, a gen­er­ous heart and a loyal friend, all wrapped up in one tall el­e­gant fig­ure.

“She will be truly missed.”

An­gela Wil­liams, Mayor of Bolling­ton, said: “She was a true Bolling­to­nian, al­ways help­ing and giv­ing her time freely.”

For­mer Ex­press editor Dave Laf­ferty also paid trib­ute. He said: “Betty was a leg­endary fig­ure in Bolling­ton, what she didn’t know about the town wasn’t worth know­ing.

“She was hugely re­spected and, as a young reporter cov­er­ing the patch, she was very wel­com­ing but also quick to tell you if she didn’t agree with some­thing we’d pub­lished.

“She will be sadly missed by all in Bolling­ton.”

Betty’s fu­neral will be at St Michael’s Church on Tues­day, March 29, at 11am with re­fresh­ments at the Hollin Hall Ho­tel, Jack­son Lane, Ker­ridge at 1pm.

Betty when she re­tired as a Bolling­ton Town coun­cil­lor and at a Bolling­ton Re­mem­brance Sun­day pa­rade with Coun­cil­lor Gra­ham Hib­bert

Betty had a high pro­file within the com­mu­nity. Here, she is with the Bolling­ton Methodist Church ex­er­cise group

●● Betty Bon­son was a for­mer Bolling­ton Mayor

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