Respected former Mayor Edward Ingham dies

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Respected and popular former Mayor of Burnley Edward Ingham has died.

The former Labour councillor stepped down in 1996 after more than 30 years of service to the borough, which included him becoming the first Padiham councillor to be made Mayor of Burnley, in 1992 on his 70th birthday.

Married to Elsie, the devoted couple celebrated their Diamond wedding anniversary in 2006.

During his time as a councillor, Mr Ingham, affectionately known as Ted, was also the chairman of Padiham Urban District Council.

The former magistrate was first elected to Padiham’s Green ward in 1965. In June, 1975, he represented Park ward in Burnley until May, 1987, and was re-elected to Gawthorpe ward the following year.

During his working life, Mr Ingham worked as an engineer at Burco, Butterworth and Dickinson’s in Rosegrove, Mullards in Simonstone and Pioneer Oil Seals. He then spent two years advising unemployed people.

A flag is flying at half-mast above Burnley Town Hall in his memory.