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Memorial bench installed for Wirral councillor Kate Wood

ByReport2

Nov 10, 2023

A MEMORIAL bench has been installed for “much-missed” Wirral councillor Kate Wood.

The Wallasey councillor, who was the longest serving member of Wirral Council before she retired in 2012, died in her home in May 2014.

Mrs Wood was first elected in 1973 as a liberal before she joined the Conservative Party soon after.

Kate Wood (Image: Wirral Conservatives)

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During her 39 years as councillor, Mrs Wood served as Chair of the Education Committee and, in Wallasey, was Chair of Governors at St George's Primary School. She was also a member of Merseyside Police Authority for more than 20 years.

Mrs Wood was elected 27th Mayor of Wirral in 2000 and, following her retirement, she was made an honorary alderman of the council in February 2013.

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Cllr Lesley Rennie said: "Kate was one of the leading figures in Wirral politics, to which she had dedicated her life. She had respect from people from across all political divides and likewise, she had respect for them.

The memorial bench for Kate Wood on Mockbeggar Drive in Wallasey (Image: Wirral Conservatives)

"Kate worked tirelessly for the people she represented and she will be very sadly missed by a great many in Wirral and further afield."

The plaque on the bench reads: “In memory of Hon Alderman Kate Wood Councillor for Wallasey Ward (1973-2012). Working for Wallasey all year round.” (Image: Wirral Conservatives)

This month, following donations from friends and supporters, a memorial bench was installed at the entrance to Mockbeggar Drive. The plaque on the bench reads: “In memory of Hon Alderman Kate Wood Councillor for Wallasey Ward (1973-2012). Working for Wallasey all year round.”

Sharing images of the newly installed bench on the social media platform, X, the Conservative Party said: “Remembering our much-missed colleague, former councillor Kate Wood.”

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