Tributes paid to rural Fylde village leader

Hannah Cummings-Miller, Mayor of Fylde 2002-3

Hannah Cummings-Miller, Mayor of Fylde 2002-3

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A former Mayor of Fylde who represented her village for more than two decades on the council has died.

Hannah Cummings-Miller died on Tuesday August 18 in Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

She had suffered a stroke in June 2014 but still lived in her own home in Singleton almost up until her death.

Mrs Cummings-Miller was Mayor of Fylde in 2002/03 and represented Singleton and Greenhalgh on Fylde Council for 22 years. She was also a Singleton parish councillor and an honorary alderman of the borough.

Her daughter Maxine Chew, who is also a councillor, said: “When she was in the council chamber she always fought fiercely for her constituents and she was really proud to be Mayor.”

Mrs Cummings-Miller was born in Liverpool but during the Second World War she joined the Women’s Land Army and was sent to a farm near Garstang where she met her husband Richard.

They later moved to Blackpool where she set up a hairdressing business before the family eventually moved to Singleton.

In 1973, she sold her business and went to work at Blackpool Victoria Hospital accident and emergency unit, where she stayed until her retirement.

Mrs Chew said: “In 1980 mum made a very last minute decision to stand as a candidate in a local by-election.

“We had little time to canvas but the whole family worked with her to get multiple leaflets delivered.

“Mum won her seat on the council and worked extremely hard to represent her constituents with great diligence for the next 22 years.”

During her year as Mayor she raised money for three charities - Trinity Hospice, the Macmillan Windmill Appeal and Help a Local Child.

Mrs Cummings-Miller, who was in her late 80s but before her death requested her full age was not disclosed, was widowed in 1987, and leaves two daughters Maxine and Ann, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The funeral service takes place at St Anne’s Church, Singleton, on Tuesday at 12.30pm.