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Tributes are paid to much loved former alderman

Public servant: Shadow Minister for Higher Education and Science Gareth Thomas, presents a Long Service Award to Irene Short recognising 50 years service to the Labour Party in 2011

Public servant: Shadow Minister for Higher Education and Science Gareth Thomas, presents a Long Service Award to Irene Short recognising 50 years service to the Labour Party in 2011

Tributes have been paid to a former Preston alderman who passed away last week.

Mrs Irene Short, who campaigned hard for industry both as a Labour councillor and a trade unionist, died on August 18, her 84th birthday, at Little Sisters of the Poor, Fulwood.

Mrs Short, who was born and bred in Preston and lived at Grange Place, Ribbleton,was given the title of honourary alderman in 2001 - a tribute she accepted with great honour.

Her son, Leonard Short said: “Mum wasn’t in the job for the honours but she accepted the alderman honour because she saw it as given to her from the people of Preston.”

Mrs Short was married for over 50 years and had nine children - six sons and three daughters.

The great-grandmother was an active trade unionist and Leonard remembers Arthur Skargill turning up at her house with 44 miners during the miner’s strike.

Leonard said: “There were still four of us at home at that point and she gave each of the striking miners a cup of tea as they were passing through Preston.

He said: “She would say there is always someone who needs a hand and she would always be there to help them.

“Mum was very loyal and would always go the extra mile for people.

“She really was an amazing lady.”

Preston MP, Mark Hendrick paid tribute to Mrs Short saying she had been one of his biggest supporters for the best part of 20 years.

He said: “It is a great loss to me personall as well as to the Labour party locally and the trade union, nationally.”

A Requiem Mass for Mrs Short will be held at St Maria Goretti Church at 12pm on Friday September 5.

 

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