Peak pays tribute to ‘a great lady’

Former councillor Ann Young.
Former councillor Ann Young.
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TRIBUTE has been paid this week to former High Peak Mayor, Ann Stewart Young, who died in hospital on Saturday.

Councillor Young, 75, a member of Chapel-en-le-Frith Parish Council since 1979, was a former member of High Peak Borough Council.

In 1992/1993 she served as High Peak Mayor, attending 376 engagements during her year in office. Most recently she had served as Consort for her widowed son Stewart, a parish and borough councillor, when he was Deputy Mayor for 2010/2011.

Over the years she played an important role serving on various committees and with partnership organisations.

She was made an Honorary Freeman of Chapel-en-le-Frith in 2004 in recognition of her then 25 years service as a parish councillor. Since 1999 she had been the President of Chapel-en-le-Frith Ladies Choir.

Stewart said: “I would just like to thank everyone for the cards, words and condolences.”

Chairman of the Parish Council Mike Harrison said: “Obviously it is a very sad loss. We are all devastated by the fact that she is gone.

“She was a great lady and a tremendous servant to the community over many years and will be very badly missed.

“She was a fantastic servant to Chapel, the High Peak and further afield.”

Ann had been delighted to become only the third Honorary Townsman in the council’s 110 year history.

She told the Advertiser at the time: “I am thrilled to bits. I know I have put in a lot of time and hard work but it is still very nice to be thanked and recognised.”

She added: “I have loved every minute of it. I just like people and that’s what it is all about.”

Born in London, she had lived in Chapel since she was a child when she was evacuated to the area from London during the Second World War.

After leaving secondary school, she worked as a dispenser at Boots in Buxton. Ann married her late husband Malcolm Young in 1955, having met at a dance in Chapel Playhouse.

Their son, Stewart, was born five years later. She also leaves her granddaughter Charlotte.

A funeral service will take place at Town End Methodist Church, Chapel on Thursday, August 25, at 12.45pm.

No flowers by request donations in lieu to Blythe House or Chapel-en-le-Frith Mobile Physiotherapy Unit.

lA minute’s silence was immaculately observed at the start of the meeting of High Peak Borough Council’s Development Control Committee on Monday at Chapel Town Hall.