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Hundreds pack Cathedral for funeral of former mayor
MORE than 450 people packed Blackburn Cathedral yesterday to pay tribute to former borough Mayor Dorothy Walsh.
After the celebration of the life of 78-year-old Higher Croft councillor, who passed way on February 13, she was taken in a white hearse pulled by four red-plumed white horses to a family cremation at Pleasington.
Current Blackburn with Darwen Mayor Salim Mulla led the civic mourners at the funeral of his 2006/2007 predecessor.
Dean of Blackburn Christopher Armstrong, who took the service, said: “Dorothy transcended politics. She was a real figure in the town who was very kind to me when I came here.”
Blackburn MP Jack Straw, who read a lesson, said: “She was indefatigable and relentless in pursuing her aims.”
Coun Mulla said: “She was a wonderful woman happy to help anyone. We will miss her.”
Council leader Kate Hollern said: “There has been an overwhelming response to Dorothy’s passing.
“The service at the Cathedral was a fitting way for our borough to say a final goodbye to a former mayor with long service who gave so many years of service to the community.”
Fellow councillor Damian Talbot said: “It was a very moving service.”
Borough chief executive Harry Catherall and politicians of all parties joined with her family at the service which featured classic hymns including ‘Abide with Me’, ‘Guide me. O Thou Great Redeemer’ and ‘Praise my soul the King of Heaven’.
The tribute was given by Sonya Khan, daughter of last year’s Mayor Zamir Khan.
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