Former Rotherham Labour stalwart dies

FORMER Mayor of Rotherham Gladys Roebuck has died at the age of 94.

Mrs Roebuck served as mayor of the borough in 1972/3 and was first elected as a Labour councillor in the mid-1950s and served until 1975.

She was a magistrate, a former chairman of the Yorkshire Regional Health Authority and heavily involved in the Scouting movement.

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She trained as a baker in Rotherham and ran a bed and breakfast on Doncaster Road and a fish and chip shop on St Ann’s roundabout.

Born in Bridlington, Mrs Roebuck came to Rotherham when she married her husband, Ron.

They moved to Bridlington in the 80s where she served as  a councillor for five years and was made an Honorable Alderman.

She moved back to Rotherham after Mr Roebuck died in 2001.

She leaves two sons, Ron and Philip, three grandchildren, Fiona, Nick and Tim, and two great-grandchildren, Amelia and Imogen.

Her funeral service will take place next Wednesday at Rotherham Crematorium at 1.30pm.