Mayor of Wakefield dies

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The Mayor of Wakefield, coun Brian Holmes, died on Monday.

Coun Holmes, who celebrated his 75th birthday last Friday, had been due to visit pupils at Ryhill J&I School today (Tuesday) and Havercroft Academy on Thursday. He had been mayor since May. Coun Holmes, who spent Monday night at a school governor’s meeting, leaves behind wife Janet - who is also a Wakefield councillor - his son Darren and grandchildren.

Deputy mayor Laurie Harrison, councillor for South Kirkby and Moorthorpe, will take on mayoral duties until a new mayor is elected on November 13. October’s council meeting has been cancelled as a mark of respect.

Coun Peter Box, Wakefield Council leader, said: “Brian was a much respected friend and colleague who was doing an excellent job both as mayor and also representing the people of Horbury and South Ossett.