Former mayor loses her cancer battle

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FORMER mayor of Thorne Carol Williams has lost her 12-month battle with cancer.

The 58-year-old, who represented the town on Doncaster Council for 12 years, died at home on Friday.

She had stood down as a councillor at the last election because of ill health.

Mrs Williams, originally from Intake, moved to Thorne with husband and fellow Thorne Coun Martin Williams in 1984.

She was elected as a councillor on Doncaster Council in 1999, and was mayor of Thorne from 2007 until 2009.

Mr Williams paid tribute to his wife, who he met on a blind date arranged by her dad, who was a work colleague at Doncaster Council at the time.

He said: “I’m totally devastated.

“Carol was diagnosed with terminal cancer a year ago, and they said at the time she had seven months. She battled away for a year despite that.

“She was a woman and a councillor to me, and she was a brilliant councillor, who loved helping people.

“She really enjoyed being mayor of Thorne. She was down to earth and met so many people in that role.

“She was just herself. There were no airs and graces, and she did not want high office, just to be a councillor.

“She was a feisty lady.”

Mr Williams, whose family owned Brodworth Hall until it was sold to English Heritage, said he had not told Mrs Williams of his family background when they first met, and took her to the hall to visit his grandmother Sylvia Grant-Dalton, while she still lived in the landmark country house.

Describing his wife’s no nonsense approach, he said: “My grandmother had invited me to take Carol there.

“We went down the drive and the butler was there waiting for us. The butler took us into the library and we sat down. There was a silver pot there.

“The butler went to Carol first, and said ‘would you like Indian or China tea?’. She said ‘teabag please’.

“The butler came back with a teabag on a silver tray.

“It sums Carol up. I told her that was brilliant.”

Mr Williams also paid tribute to the health service workers which enabled Carol to stay at home for the last months of her life.

“You do not realise all the support that is there until you need it,” he said. “The MacMillan nurses, the district nurses and the community care teams are unsung heroes of the day and night.”

The funeral service will be at St Nicholas’ Church, Thorne, on Tuesday, June 14, at 12.40pm. It is open the public.