Tributes paid to ‘towering figure’ in Hatfield politics

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councillors and Labour stalwarts will be among the mourners at the funeral of a former Doncaster councillor and ‘community champion’ who has died.

Joan Knight died at the age of 89 after following a long period of illness.

She represented Hatfield Ward on Doncaster Council from 1979 until standing down in 1994.

Her daughter-in-law, Pat Knight, who is the current Hatfield ward councillor, said: “Joan was a true community champion. She cared passionately about Doncaster, and her home village of Dunscroft, and dedicated much of her life to helping its residents.

“As a councillor she worked hard to promote the interests of Hatfield, Dunscroft and Dunsville, an area in which she will be remembered fondly.”

Mrs Knight began her political career as a shop steward for the trade union NUPE. She also served as a parish councillor for over 20 years.

Her son, Ken Knight, who also served as a councillor for Hatfield, said: “My mother was a strong woman and, despite her small stature, was a towering figure in local politics.

“She worked hard for the people of this borough and offered many years of loyal service to the Labour Party.

“I know she would be so proud of my wife, Pat, who has followed in her footsteps and is now a serving councillor for our ward.”

Mrs Knight leaves three children, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The funeral is at Rose Hill Crematorium on Thursday.