Much-loved Welwyn Hatfield mayor Lynne Sparks has died

PUBLISHED: 13:24 11 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:36 12 February 2018

Councillor Lynne Sparks

Councillor Lynne Sparks

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Tributes are pouring in on social media following the sad news that Welwyn Hatfield mayor Lynne Sparks has died after suffering with a rare form of cancer.

Ian Sparks made the announcement of his wife’s passing on her Facebook page this morning.

He wrote: “Dear friends,

“We are devastated to have to tell you that Lynne passed away in our arms at 18:45 yesterday evening at Isabel Hospice, Welwyn Garden City.

“This has all happened so quickly but Lynne and our family have been deeply touched by the enormous amount of love and support which Lynne has received over the last three weeks from you all.

“Lynne’s legacy is immense and, to us, unequalled and we are unspeakably proud of everything that Lynne is.

“It’s important to Lynne and our family that the strength, determination, kindness, compassion, love and understanding shown by Lynne to everyone she has met throughout her life, that have been so obvious at home and across our community of which Lynne is so proud, be celebrated at this difficult time.

“Lynne’s greatest achievement, source of joy, pride, happiness and her greatest legacy - our son Tom and daughters Sian and Myfanwy.

“Many people have described Lynne as inspirational; so be inspired, be kind, love without condition and tell the people you love how you feel.

“Do it today, do it now.”

Conservative councillor Lynne was mayor in 2015/16 and attended 274 engagements.

The following year, councillor Patricia Mabbott was mayor and Lynne was deputy mayor.

In 2017, Lynne was once again handed the mayoral chain of office and attended 137 engagements after taking over again in May.

Lynne has been described by members of the public as a “remarkable and inspirational” woman.

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