Long serving former council leader honoured at cathedral memorial service

People from across the county turned out to a memorial service at Lincoln Cathedral in honour of former North Kesteven District Council Leader Marion Brighton.

Marion, who was first elected in 1973 and devoted more than half her life to serving local residents and businesses, died at the age of 88 in August.

A special service in her memory was held in St Hugh’s Choir, Lincoln Cathedral on Friday, November 9, attended by around 150 people.

Councillor Marion Brighton OBE

She was a Conservative district councillor for more than 44 years and led the council for 16 years, as well as twice being elected as chairman.

Mrs Brighton was particularly passionate about arts and culture and economic development, encouraging and supporting investments in these areas at a time when other authorities were cutting back.

She was awarded an OBE for services to tourism.

Marion’s grandson Alexander West. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Marion’s daughter Susan Mitchell. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The Reverend Canon John Patrick. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Her commitment to Washingborough, where she served as a parish councillor, and her long career in local government was recognised in 2016 through a national award for outstanding achievement.

Marion Brighton stood down from her position as leader in March 2017 due to ill health. Councillor Richard Wright took over the role.

Prime Minster Theresa May paid tribute to the former leader in a letter ahead of the service, describing her as a “tireless champion” and sending condolences to her family.

Councillor Richard Wright, Leader, said previously: “Marion’s dedication to local government was remarkable and she made an impact that will no doubt be felt for many years.

“We were saddened to hear of her passing and our thoughts go out to her family at this time.”