Tributes to ‘wonderful and caring’ former Mayor of Wakefield and Castleford

Winifred McLoughlin has died, aged 93.
Winifred McLoughlin has died, aged 93.
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Touching tributes have been paid to the former Mayor of Wakefield and Castleford, who died on New year’s Day at the age of 93.

Long-serving former councillor Winifred McLoughlin died of pneumonia at Pinderfields Hospital, in Wakefield.

Mrs McLoughlin served the Glasshoughton ward from 1955 to 2000 and was granted the Freedom of the City of Wakefield to recognise her achievements within the community more than 14 years ago.

She was awarded a British Empire Medal for her services to the community of Glasshoughton last year.

Alison Drake, chairwoman of Castleford Heritage Trust, has described Mrs McLoughlin as a “wonderful and caring friend”.

She said: “The group is really saddened by the news.

“Winifred will be long remembered for her great affection and passion for the community.”

Wakefield council’s deputy leader Denise Jeffery also paid tribute to Mrs McLoughlin.

She said: “I am devastated.

“When I first came to the council in 1989 I could always turn to her for advice.

“She has been amazing for Castleford and will be sadly missed.”

Mrs McLoughlin officially opened the new Castleford Forum Library and Museum last month.

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