Tributes made to former Mayor of Lancaster

Sybil Rostron
Sybil Rostron

Tributes have been paid to a former Mayor and Honorary Alderman of Lancaster who was known for her stern honesty and compassion.

Sybil Rostron passed away peacefully on November 11, aged 98, leaving behind her two sons Rodney and Ivan and two grandchildren Matthew and Abigail.

A large congregation attended Mrs Rostron’s funeral in the Regimental Chapel of Lancaster Priory, on Monday, November 24.

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Lancaster, Councillor Susie Charles and Helen Helme; MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale David Morris; the former MP, Sir Mark Lennox-Boyd; and Colonel Peter Dew, representing the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, attended to pay their respects to the former Conservative councillor.

Born in 1915, Mrs Rostron, who lived in Hest Bank, was married for 65 years and spent many months travelling the world with her husband, Cedric Rostron, who served in the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment during World War Two, reaching the rank of captain.

Rodney Rostron, 73, described his mother as a “tough old bird” who had a powerful presence as a councillor representing her home village of Slyne-with-Hest.

Mr Rostron said: “She was small but she had quite a powerful presence so people didn’t really argue too much. Previously, before she died, she had broken her arm and had to change from right handed to left handed.

“She also used to go to the dentist without having injections, she was a tough old bird.”

Councillor Sylvia Rogerson described her dear friend and next door neighbour of twenty years as a “glamorous, clever and sharp” woman.

Coun Rogerson said: “She was a good mother and housewife but at the same time she loved being a councillor. Right to the end she was very sharp.

“She was pretty hard working, had old school standards, and was always well dressed.”

Alan Sandham JP paid tribute to his friend during the funeral.

Mr Sandham said: “Sybil was such a devoted wife, a wonderful loving mother and mum-in-law and a proud grandmother.

“So the family has lost someone very special to them. And both the city of Lancaster and its own Regiment could not have had a more outstanding advocate, supporter and ambassador.”