Friends lead tributes to former Leigh councillor

Anne Turnock
Anne Turnock

Tributes have been paid to a dedicated former councillor and honorary alderman who has died aged 74.

Anne Turnock, who died on May 2 after an illness, served on Wigan Council for 14 years and was a “great servant” of her hometown of Leigh.

Anne, a grandmother and mother-of-four, was first elected to the Leigh East Ward of Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council, later to be called Atherleigh, at a by election in December 1996.

Anne had a distinguished career at the council dedicating a huge amount of her time serving constituents and working for a wide variety of committees, panels, forums and charities.

She retired as a councillor in 2010 and in the same year she was awarded the title of honorary alderman of Wigan Borough.

Lord Peter Smith, leader of Wigan Council, said: “Anne Turnock was a great servant of her home town, Leigh, and the Labour Party.

“Anne’s mother and father had both been Labour stalwarts so when Anne also joined she was keeping up the family tradition. She was a local party secretary and was an effective fundraiser.

“Eventually she won a council seat in a by-election and remained an excellent local councillor until she retired.

“Her hard work was recognised by her appointment as an honorary alderman. She enjoyed her work as a school governor and served on Newton Westpark and Leigh CE Juniors for many years.

“Anne was not the kind of councillor given to long-winded speeches in council meetings but she tirelessly worked for her communities and made her points very effectively when she needed to.

“I have known Anne for over 35 years and will miss her good sense and good humour. Our sympathies go to her husband, Bob, and the rest of her family.”

Councillor Susan Loudon, Deputy Mayor of Wigan Borough, said: “Anne was a good friend and colleague. She worked tirelessly for her area particularly the Westleigh area of Leigh and people still stopped her in the street to tell her their problems even though she was no longer their councillor.

“I personally will miss her a great deal and have sent good wishes and words of sympathy to her family and friends.”

Anne, who also worked part time as a cleaner at Leigh C of E High School, leaves her husband Bob, three sons Mark, John and Chris, daughter Julie and four grandchildren.