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Copeland councillor Oswald Coyles memory could be honoured

Ossy Coyles
Ossy Coyles

[A] RESPECTED former mayor of Copeland could be honoured by the renaming of a council chamber in his memory.

Oswald Coyles – known as Ossy – twice held the post of Copeland’s mayor during a 30-year career on the council.  And Copeland councillors will vote next week on whether to rename their chamber in the Copeland Centre after him.

Mr Coyles was an original member when Copeland Council formed in 1973, and was appointed honorary alderman of the borough in 2003.

He continued to be an advocate for the Labour Party and Copeland Council right up until his death, aged 97, in late 2016.

In addition to his political career, Mr Coyles was a dedicated supporter of Copeland Disability Forum and was a Parton parish councillor for 54 years.

Copeland mayor, Mike Starkie, said: “We would be very proud to honour Ossy Coyles for his long and dedicated service to local government.

“We will all possess our own fond memories of Ossie, our appreciation of him and our admiration of his dedication over the years.

“If any local politician deserves a particular dedication, it should be Ossy.”

Copeland Borough Council’s Annual General Meeting will take place at 2pm on Tuesday, May 9 at Egremont Market Hall.

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