Tributes paid to councillor

Colin Harper and Kath Harper
Colin Harper and Kath Harper

Heartfelt tributes have been paid to the deputy mayoress of Fylde, who has died after a short illness.

Coun Kath Harper, 71, of Tewkesbury Drive represented St John’s ward in Lytham. She died on Saturday.

Fylde’s mayor, Coun Linda Nulty, led the tributes to Coun Harper, calling her a “great servant” to the borough who was “cheerful to the end”.

She added: “All our thoughts are with Kath’s family at this time.

“Kath was a great servant to Fylde and the residents of St John’s ward and she continued to plan her council work on other people’s behalf until the end. Her last civic engagement was only eight days before she died even though she knew she was ill.

“She was cheerful on that engagement and, indeed, was cheerful to the end. That is a true mark of character.”

Coun Harper was a representative of the Ratepayers’ Association from 2007 until her death and became deputy mayoress earlier this year.

She was originally from Nelson and moved to the Fylde coast after nurse-training in Manchester and midwifery training in Blackpool. She worked until retirement at Lytham Hospital.

Coun Nulty added: “She was a good and popular ward councillor. She would always speak up for residents in meetings and I was pleased to invite her to join the mayoral team.

“She was delighted to accept and told me she had enjoyed a wonderful summer meeting people in her capacity as deputy mayoress. She was a lovely and friendly person who will be missed by everyone who knew her.”

Coun Harper’s interests included gardening on her allotment and walking.

She was a member of Lytham St Annes Choral Society and served on the committees of the Otters Swimming for Disabled Adults and the Friends of Clifton Hospital.

She leaves a husband, Colin, and two sons, Tim and Stephen.