Tributes to former mayor who was ‘Blackpool through and through’

Coun Joan Greenhalgh, Mayor Blackpool 2011/12
Coun Joan Greenhalgh, Mayor Blackpool 2011/12
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Blackpool is today mourning the death of a councillor described as “Blackpool through and through”.

Coun Joan Greenhalgh died in Blackpool Victoria Hospital on Thursday, aged 82.

She had suffered a second stroke, following her first stroke in 2010 which she battled against to serve as the town’s Mayor in 2011/12.

Her daughter Pat Dimuantes said: “She was Blackpool through and through and being Mayor was her life’s ambition because she never in her wildest dreams thought she would be.

“We didn’t think she would be able to do it after her stroke, but she was tough.

“She was very involved in the community even before becoming a councillor and loved the area.”

Coun Greenhalgh was a professional dancer in her youth, and was involved in both the Labour Party and the Co-operative movement.

She had travelled extensively in Russia and was in Kiev during the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.

Closer to home her interests included the Little Marton Windmill and she was a founder member of the former Labour Club on Langdale Road, Mereside.

She had represented Clifton ward since 1992.

Her friend Michael Carr said: “There was no-one more fiercely independent then she was.”

Tributes have been paid by her political colleagues.

Blackpool Council leader Coun Simon Blackburn, said: “Joan was a long standing member of the Labour Group, and a passionate advocate for Mereside and the wider Clifton ward.

“The years since her first stroke have been very difficult, but I know she took great pride in fulfilling her duties during her Mayoral year in 2011/12.”

Coun Don Clapham, deputy leader of the Conservative group on Blackpool Council, said: “She was a good councillor but has unfortunately suffered from ill health for the last three years.”

Coun Doug Green, leader of Blackpool Liberal Democrats, added: “Joan was a committed councillor dedicated to the Clifton ward that she lived in and represented for 20 years.”

Coun Greenhalgh, who lived at the Tudor Lodge Nursing Home on Clifton Drive, Blackpool, leaves two children Pat and Richard, and two grandchildren.