HEARTFELT tributes were paid to a “blunt, loyal and honest” politician as hundreds gathered at the funeral service for Wakefield Mayor Coun Brian Holmes.
Mourners at Wakefield Cathedral today included Wakefield MP Mary Creagh, the shadow secretary of state for transport, and Morley and Outwood MP ED Balls, the shadow chancellor.
Reading a eulogy at the service, Wakefield Council leader Coun Peter Box said: “It was impossible not to like Brian. He was one of those rare politicians who didn’t make enemies, only friends – irrespective of party allegiance.
“He was blunt, honest, loyal and had a wonderful sense of humour.”
After the service, Mary Creagh said: “It was a wonderful tribute to Brian as a family man, a councillor and a fun loving and friendly, good person.”
Ed Balls said: “He was fun and outgoing and really cared about his community.
“It there was one person in the city who was made to be Mayor of Wakefield it was Brian Holmes.
“It is a great sadness that we have lost a Mayor, but everybody will always remember him with deep affection.”
Coun Holmes, 75, died on Monday October 7 after suffering a heart attack.
The grandfather had been the city’s Mayor since May and a long-standing councillor in the Horbury and South Ossett ward.
Coun Holmes was married to Coun Janet Holmes for 54 years. She is a former Mayor of Wakefield and current Mayoress.
A new Wakefield Mayor will be elected at the next full council meeting on November 13.
Deputy Mayor Coun Laurie Harrison will carry out Mayoral duties ahead of the meeting.