Tributes have been paid to a former Lord Mayor of Chester who passed away peacefully at home this morning (Monday, January 27) surrounded by family.
Margaret Byatt, 81, who was the third ever Lord Mayor in 1993-94, represented Handbridge ward for the Conservatives on the defunct Chester City Council over many years.
A retired teacher, Mrs Byatt, of Eastern Pathway, Queen’s Park, Chester, had suffered from ill health in recent times. She lost her husband Peter, a retired languages teacher at the Chester City Grammar School, in 2012.
Mrs Byatt is survived by son Kit and daughter Belinda.
Cllr Brian Crowe (Con, Mollington & Saughall) said: “She was very approachable and one of my mentors. Some people can be very off-hand and say ‘get on with it’ to a new kid on the block but she was only too pleased to point you in the right direction. She was also a very good mentor to council leader Mike Jones. They were close even before he got on the council. He used to do some canvassing for her.”
The Cheshire West and Chester Council member added: “She was an excellent ward councillor who always had her finger on the pulse of everything and was a real people person.”
Cllr Crowe said Mrs Byatt had 'missed Peter a lot' after he passed away. The pair had worshipped at the cathedral which was where his funeral had taken place.
He said she had been involved with numerous good causes including Chester Municipal Charities and Save the Family.
Mrs Byatt was also supportive of Chester Conservative MP Stephen Mosley, himself a former councillor, who kept in touch and would visit her at home.