Bourne Town Council has paid an emotional tribute to former mayor Shirley Cliffe, who died last week.
Mrs Cliffe is believed to have passed away suddenly on Wednesday last week. She was 84-years-old.
She was well-known throughout the town, as she and her late husband Ray were actively involved in political life for many years. They were both Conservative Party supporters.
Mrs Cliffe supported her husband when he was mayor in 1975/76 and again in 1991/92.
She was also mayor in her own right on three occasions in 1979/80, 1997/98 and most recently in 2008/09.
A statement released by town clerk Ian Sismey, on behalf of the town council, said: “Shirley was an integral part of commercial and business life in Bourne very much involved with the original Chamber of Commerce. Shirley was instrumental in arranging to have the Christmas lights switch on every year and she worked hard with the Bourne Lions to make the Christmas activities enjoyable for everybody.”
“She was always ready to turn out and help whenever possible and was keen to promote Bourne.
Shirley had also been a member of Bourne United Charities.
“In her capacity as a member of Bourne Town Council Shirley chaired the amenities committee for several years keeping a close eye on how the cemetery was maintained.
“The Town Allotments were another aspect of council life that she loved and to this day there is a trophy ‘The Cliffe Memorial Cup’ that is presented every year in the allotments competition
“Tenacious in her resolve for what she believed to be right and proper for the residents of Bourne a toast at Shirley and Ray’s Golden Wedding Anniversary was to ‘Mr and Mrs Bourne’ - a title that most befitted them.”
Having lost her husband, Mrs Cliffe was supported as consort by her sister-in-law Cherry. She was devastated when Cherry lost a long battle with cancer in 2012.
Together Shirley and Cherry set up Bourne’s parcels for the troops collection, which was later taken over by Pat Graham.
Mrs Cliffe retired from the town council at the last elections.
Her funeral will be held at Bourne Abbey Church on Monday at 9.30am.
Family flowers only but donations if desired to the Butterfield Centre.