Hereford & Worcester

Council chairman Olwyn Barnett dies after cancer battle, aged 79

Olwyn Barnett Image copyright Herefordshire Council
Image caption Olwyn Barnett served as a councillor for the Mortimer ward for more than 34 years.

The chairman of Herefordshire Council has died after battling cancer for several years.

A grandmother-of-eight, Olwyn Barnett served as a councillor for the Mortimer ward more than 34 years. She had been chairman of the authority since 2011.

The 79-year-old widow, whose son died of cancer last year, died on Thursday.

Her daughter Caroline described her mother as a very strong-minded person who committed her life to council work and "said it how it was".

"She did a lot for the area and always put everyone else before her," she said.

Mrs Barnett, from Kinsham in Presteigne, Powys, was a founder member of St Michael's Hospice.

She established the Herefordshire Diamond County Awards in 2012, to celebrate local businesses' commitment to helping communities.

A council statement said Mrs Barnett had been a dedicated supporter and fundraiser.

"Our heartfelt condolences are with her family, friends and colleagues at this time," it said.

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