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Tributes for ‘First Lady of Welshpool’

Created on 20/09/2016 @ 07:03
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Tributes have flooded in for Ann Holloway, one of Welshpool’s best known residents, who passed away on Monday.

Cllr Holloway, a former teacher and staunch supporter of local causes, passed away at The Rhallt Nursing Home sparking a wave of tributes from fellow town residents.

Our Facebook wall was inundated with messages from former colleagues, pupils as well as the many people she had worked with through her town and county council connections.

Montgomeryshire MP, Glyn Davies said: “Ann Holloway was a great friend to me for over 40 years, and a great support during my public sector career. I’ve always thought of her as the ‘First Lady of Welshpool’. For all of her adult life, she was dedicated to the interests of her town. Ann was ferocious in her determination to do her best for the people of Welshpool.”

MyWelshpool co-founder and town councilor Graham Breeze described her as a “dedicated and inspirational councillor who gave her life to serving the people of the town”.

“I have known Ann for over 50 years and she persuaded me to stand as a councillor and I will always be grateful for her guidance and friendship," he said.

“My wife Yolande and I have been visiting Ann regularly at The Rhallt where she received wonderful care and support. She retained her sharp wit and sense of fun and was still keen to know everything that was happening in Welshpool until her final days.

“I shall be calling on Welshpool Town Council to find some way of permanently remembering the dedication and service given to the town.”

A Town Council statement said it was the “end of an era”.

“The Mayor, Councillors, Town Clerk and Staff at Welshpool Town Council will miss Ann in many ways. Her humour, hardworking nature and commitment to Welshpool is legendary. Ann has been a Mayor of Welshpool twice and has chaired many Committees over the years.”

The Mayor, Cllr Steve Kaye, described Miss Holloway as “a great asset to the Town” and that “we must all be grateful for what she has achieved”.

And the Town Clerk, Robert Robinson, added: “Ann and I had a professional working relationship and I had great respect for her and her work over many years.”

Her work also extended to support for the Air Cadets and collecting money for many other local organisations as well as being one of the greatest champions of Welshpool Town and its people.

The flag is being flown at half-mast on the Town Hall as a sign of respect from the Town Council.

Details of services and chances to pay respects will be announced as soon as they are known.


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