Former Mayor of Peterborough and Friends of Central Park founder dies

Yvonne Lowndes
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A former Mayor of Peterborough and long-standing Conservative councillor has died aged 79.

Yvonne Lowndes, who represented Park Ward for 19 years, peacefully passed away today (Tuesday, June 6) in Park House Nursing Home.

Yvonne was mayor in 1997/1998, the first year when Peterborough had its own unitary authority.

She also founded the Friends of Central Park group and was chair of Peterborough City Council’s Planning and Environmental Protection Committee.

Her nephew, Peterborough Telegraph photographer David Lowndes, said: “Yvonne dedicated her life to the city. She was quite selfless and worked very hard for Peterborough.”

Current Conservative Park ward councillor John Peach said: “Many people in Park ward and the city will remember Yvonne for her hard work both in the ward and at the Town Hall.”

Coun Gavin Esey, Coun John Peach, Yvonne Lowndes, then chair of the Friends of Central Park, with Ian lilley, Steve Woodruff and Arthur Fisher (park rangers) with their Green Flag EMN-150816-170026009

Coun Gavin Esey, Coun John Peach, Yvonne Lowndes, then chair of the Friends of Central Park, with Ian lilley, Steve Woodruff and Arthur Fisher (park rangers) with their Green Flag EMN-150816-170026009

City council leader Cllr John Holdich said: “Yvonne was not only a friend, but a terrific councillor who represented the residents of Park ward for almost two decades. She was a champion of the underdog and always thought of other people.

“Her commitment to public service was recognised in 2012 when she was awarded Honorary Alderman status and has remained committed to her local area through her work with Friends of Central Park which she founded. Overall she made a very positive contribution to Peterborough.

“It is a sad loss for her family and friends and she will be greatly missed. My thoughts are with them at this time.”

Yvonne is survived by husband Graham and children Christopher and Penny.