Farewell to former Mayor

Althea Farmer (S)
Althea Farmer (S)

Althea Farmer, a former Mayor of Knaresborough, has died after suffering from lung cancer for just over a year.

Mrs Farmer was Mayor of Knaresborough in 1996 and Deputy Mayor of Harrogate from 1993 to 1994 The Labour councillor served eight years on Harrogate Borough Council and 12 years onKnaresborough Town Council from May 1991 to May 2003.

Mrs Farmer, who died on Thursday, January 2, leaves seven children, Judith, Alan, Christopher, Carey, Helen, Tim and Jillian, two sisters, Mavis and Janice, and a brother, Alan.

She was married to her husband Lewis for over 55 years before his death four years ago and she had 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

In addition to her political career, Mrs Farmer was a full time carer to her eldest son Alan, who suffered head injuries in a car accident when he was 20 years old.

Althea’s sister, Janice Gowing, who was also a town councillor, said: “Althea was a feminist and a socialist, one of the last for Knaresborough.”

Mrs Farmer was chair of the Knaresborough Civil Society for many years and a driving force behind the town’s blue plaque scheme.

Mrs Gowing said: “She was passionate about history and she was passionate about Knaresborough as a town. Her main passion was justice; she had a very strong sense of justice and what was right and people being the best they could be.”

Her funeral will be held at St John’s Church, Knaresborough at noon on January 15. The family has requested no flowers, but charitable donations to Headway or the MS Society.

l A full obituary will be published in a future edition.

St. John’s church, Knaresborough at 12 noon on Wednesday 15th January. No flowers please.

Althea leaves seven children - Judith, Alan, Christopher, Carey, Helen, Tim and Jillian.

2 Sisters Mavis and Janice and 1 brother Alan. She had 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.