Tributes paid to former Mayor of Market Weighton

Cllr Peter Hemmerman with Marian Frith and husband Frank Townshend
Cllr Peter Hemmerman with Marian Frith and husband Frank Townshend

Tributes have been paid to the former mayor of Market Weighton who was “always willing to help anyone.”

Former mayor and coucillor Marian Frith passed away following a short illness at the age of 81 at the weekend.

She was mayor of the town for five years in total and has been described as a ‘stalwart’ in Market Weighton.

Current Mayor of Market Weighton Cllr Peter Hemmerman said: “She was a stalwart in the town really. As well as being part of the council she was part of the civic trust, pensioners rights and the over 55 club.

“She was always looking out for people, she was set in her ways but it was always fair as far as others saw it.

“She was definitley trying to help everbody she could and she thought very highly of the people that she knew.”

Showing her strong character during the flooding in the town during her first year as mayor in 2007, Marian was ‘out in her wellies’ with residents doing what she could to help.

The driving force behind the allotments, Marain was part of the team when they came up with the idea of buying the field.

“She started the civic events again, the town had been under the same leadership for 16 years and had few civic events and she brought that back.

“It put Market Weighton back on the map in the civic rounds.

“She met her husband, Frank Townshend, because of her starting up the civic events.”

Ex Cllr Frith leaves husband who is also an ex Councillor – Mr Frank Townshend.

Residents in the town have took to Facebook to share their condolences describing the former mayor as a ‘lovely’ and caring person.