A FORMER mayor of Otley has died at the age of 95. Christine Campbell passed away peacefully at home with her family on October 10 after a short illness.

Christine was a dedicated public servant who believed passionately in the power of community and supported the people of Otley in a range of ways throughout her life. She inspired many people to learn more about their local area, get involved in their community, volunteer their time and understand that everyone could make a difference.

She was a stalwart of local politics serving as a Liberal Democrat Councillor on Otley Town Council for 28 years before retiring in 2011 at the age of 86. She remained heavily involved in the party, helping with elections and supporting new councillors throughout her life. She served twice as the Mayor of Otley.

Christine was a committed local organiser who was involved in dozens of local groups, charities and societies during her life including Otley Historical Society, Otley Carnival and the Save Otley Hospital Campaign. She also worked as a trustee of Otley Older People’s Welfare Centre and Sunny Lea Charity.

Christine was born in Otley and lived here all her life, she was happily married to Ron until his death in 1996. She was a mother to Colin and Martin, mother in law to Anne, grandmother to Heather, Rosie and Sarah and great grandmother to Joshua.

She was heavily involved in all aspects of the life of the Bridge Church, having joined at the age of just 15. At the time of her death she, along with her friend Joan Hill, was the church’s longest serving member. Christine spent a great deal of time supporting the church and its community through Sunday School, the Youth Club and the Choir. For many years she organised the Women’s meeting.

A service of thanksgiving for Christine’s life was held at the Bridge Church on October 23. Due to restrictions only her family and close friends were able to attend. Her family are hopeful that next year they will be able to organise a way for the great many people who knew, respected and cared for her to come together to celebrate her life.