Tributes to ex-St Annes town clerk

Wilf Twist
Wilf Twist
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Tributes have been paid to a former key official of St Annes Town Council who has died, aged 83.

Wilf Twist was the first town clerk following the council’s formation in 2005.

Following his retirement in 2008, he and his wife Mae moved to live in Tarleton near Preston. His funeral was due to take place at Lytham yesterday (Wednesday).

Coun Barbara Mackenzie, a former St Annes town mayor who still sits on the town council, said: “I worked closely with Wilf as I was council chairman at the time. The then parish council employed him part time as it was a new and small group of just seven feeling its way.

“Wilf was a gentleman, kind and thoughtful, and knowledgeable about the things new councillors needed to know, like finance, planning, and allotments.

“Earlier, Wilf had been a senior assistant in the treasurer’s department in Salford, and later head of management services at Lancashire County Council, then assistant director, social services. This experience, along with the fact he was also a serving parish councillor at Westby, was invaluable to the fledgling St Annes Council. Wilf was meticulous and thorough and guided us through the next two years with great good humour. I was sorry to hear of his death. St Annes and the Town Council owe him a lot.”