Tributes to people’s champion, Doreen

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A COUNCILLOR– today described as “a person for the people” – has lost her battle with cancer.

Doreen Holt died in Blackpool Victoria Hospital on Saturday, aged 72, with her family at her side.

Her dedication to her community endured to the end, and she carried on serving her constituents even as her illness grew more serious.

Her husband Rod said: “She wasn’t really a party political person, she was a person for the people and Revoe in particular.

“She was a ‘Revoe Forever’ girl, and even when she was ill in bed she organised the Revoe Pensioners Party before Christmas.

“Doreen was passionate about this area and lived for 52 years in this house, and before that she lived on Central Drive.”

Mrs Holt, of Erdington Road, leaves daughters Barbara, Diane and Susan, and step-daughter Tracy, as well as 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Family members say she never recovered from the loss of her son Stephen Moody, who died in 2009 after he was attacked outside a pub.

Her daughter Susan said: “When he was in hospital, she was at his bedside for 12 hours a day. We all agreed the shock of that is what brought her illness on.”

The grandmother was first elected to the council in 1983, representing the old Foxhall ward for the Conservatives.

Later she stood unsuccessfully as an independent candidate before switching to the Liberal Democrats and representing Bloomfield from 2000 until 2003, and from 2007.

She also fought the Blackpool South Parliamentary seat for the Lib Dems and she had been due to be elected as Blackpool Mayor in 2012.

Today, her political colleagues paid their tributes.

Lib Dem group leader Coun Douglas Green said: “She was a very dedicated councillor whose principle duty was to serve the community. She wasn’t a party political person, she was a councillor for the people.

“She would very dearly have loved to have become Mayor, not for herself, but for the people of Foxhall.”

Council leader Coun Peter Callow said: “Doreen was a woman of the people and that’s how she will be remembered particularly in the Revoe area. We have all lost someone who meant a lot to us over the years.”

Labour group leader Coun Simon Blackburn said; “She was always an independent voice on the council and she will be missed by us all.”

Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden said: “Doreen was an incredible fighter for the community she served and the causes she believed in.”