Tributes paid following death of former Councillor and Mayor

Published January 13, 2023 at 8:17

picture of councillor Trevor unsworth in his garden

Everyone at Rossendale Borough Council would like to pass on their condolences to the family and friends of past Mayor and former Councillor Trevor Unsworth.  

Trevor served as a councillor for 9 years, and was a Labour member for Hareholme Ward, between 2002 – 2011  

Trevor was also Mayor of Rossendale 2010/11 and served on a significant number of committees during his time as a councillor.  

Alyson Barnes Council Leader said: “I’m greatly saddened to hear of the death of Trevor and my thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time. Trevor was a real local character, who was well liked by those who knew him. Like many of his generation Trevor left school at fifteen, working for the Co-op for many years. Late in life he obtained a sociology degree despite having very poor eyesight – he was delighted with this achievement.” 

ClIr Alan Neal, Community First councillor for Healey & Whitworth Ward said: “I first met Trevor in the 1990s when he was the manager of the Whitworth Co-op. He used to travel everywhere on public transport from his home in Staghills down to Whitworth on a daily basis. He was a lovely man and a wonderful ambassador for both his community and Rossendale Council.  

The council will be putting the flag in St Mary’s Gardens, Rawtenstall at half-mast as a sign of respect until the day of the funeral and will also observe a silence at the next Council meeting.  

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