A cornerstone of the community who spent her life in local politics has died at the age of 89.
Well-respected Selby Town Council member, Winnie May, died on Tuesday morning.
The stalwart of the community decided to call it a day on her political life last May due to her failing eyesight, after more than 30 years as a town councillor.
She was also a district member for many years, stepping down in 1999.
Winnie, of Flaxley Road, has lived and worked at the heart of the community throughout her life, and many have paid tribute to the tireless worker.
Town council Labour leader Steve Shaw-Wright, said: “We are all greatly saddened by Winnie’s death.
“She will be sadly missed as she played a very important role in the town.
“She has been a cornerstone of the community for many years and she was a town and district councillor in the past and also town mayor twice.”
He added: “This is a big blow to local politics.”
Administration assistant for the town council Carolyn Richardson said: “She was a great family friend. She was well respected by the community and would always take up their causes.”
Town Council clerk Karen Mann added: “The town council is very sad at her passing. She lived and breathed for the area and a big supporter of community issues.”
Throughout her council career, the former RAF woman has raised lots of money for the service’s Wings Appeal, supporting serving and former RAF personnel and their families. Winnie was invited to a Royal Garden Party in 2003 to honour her efforts in this capacity.
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