Pat Midgley Lane unveiled in honour of Sheffield councillor who died from Covid

A street has been renamed in memory of a Sheffield councillor who was the first serving politician in the UK known to have died from coronavirus.

By Lucy Ashton, Local Democracy Reporter
Wednesday, 16th June 2021, 4:00 pm

Pat Midgley Lane was unveiled at Park Hill on Wednesday to coincide with the 60th birthday of the flats.

Pat was born, raised and represented the ward and was a major supporter of the Park Hill application for Grade II listed status.

A much loved Labour councillor, she had served the city for 33 years. She died in March 2020, just two months before she was due to retire from her role.

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Unveiling of the Pat Midgley Lane as part of the Park Hill flats regeneration scheme

Political colleagues including Council Leader Terry Fox, Paul Blomfield MP, Deputy Lord Mayor Sioned-Mair Richards and fellow councillors paid tribute.

Family included her husband Don and children Neil and Joanna. Her third son Jamie lives abroad and was unable to fly back due to restrictions.

It was the first time the family had been able to gather in a group since the start of the pandemic. Joanna said: "It's amazing, we are so proud. She was very modest but I know she would have secretly been proud too.

"We had so many emails when she died about the work she had done and how she had touched people's lives.

Unveiling of the Pat Midgley Lane as part of the Park Hill flats regeneration scheme Lord Bob Kerslake speaks to the family and friends gathered of his memories working with Pat

The former chief executive of Sheffield Council, Sir Bob Kerslake, also paid tribute. He said: "Pat had firm political views but was always a kind person to everyone she worked with and it was that human kindness that we remember.

"Whenever she pursued an issue it was never an attack on a person. She was passionately committed to this city and her ward and to those more disadvantaged.

"She was on the board of Sheffield Theatres and always asked how we were serving parts of the city that were not traditionally theatre goers.

"Her passion for those more disadvantaged just shone through and it was that combination of commitment, passion and human kindness."

Pat Midgley.

A former Lord Mayor, magistrate and school governor for more than 50 years, Pat was honoured with a Woman of Sheffield award hosted by The Star in 2019.