On Saturday 7th December 2019, Crewe woke up to the news that Councillor Dorothy Flude had sadly passed away. A giant of local politics and adored by so many for her tireless years of work in the town she loved so dearly.
Below are a selection of tributes which we will intend to update as we hear about them. We are more than happy to print yours here if you wish. Please use the contact form at this link.
Laura Smith broke the news on the morning:
Damian Bailey, former Councillor on Cheshire East wrote this on Twitter:
Absolutely heart broken about Cllr Dorothy Flude’s passing. Whilst we were very different, I always thought we made a great double act. She was a good friend, a mentor and someone who I trusted with my life. I will miss her greatly. No more “listen here young man…” pic.twitter.com/Ghc5UVQMom
— Damian Bailey (@DamianBailey13) December 7, 2019
Charlie Maines, CEO of the The Wishing Well Project:
Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Cllr Dorothy Flude.
A passionate voice for children & families, a true community leader and advocate of the work we do @TheWishingWellP.
Above all else, a genuinely kind & inspirational lady.
Rest in peace Dorothy. pic.twitter.com/w6DFtO3NLg
— Charlie Maines (@CharlieMaines) December 7, 2019
Cheshire branch of The Fire Bridages Union:
Members of Cheshire FBU are saddened to hear of the passing of our friend & comrade Councillor Dorothy Flude a member of Cheshire Fire Authority. Blue Watch Crewe observed a minutes silence before the end of their shift earlier as a mark of respect @LauraSmithMP @CllrBobRudd pic.twitter.com/zl2a3nazeP
— Cheshire FBU (@CheshireFBU) December 8, 2019
The Crewe Heritage Centre, where Dorothy was chair of the Crewe Heritage Trust:
It is with great sadness that we have to report that our wonderful chairperson Dorothy Flude has passed away, Dorothy was a true friend to everyone, not just at the Heritage Centre but also in the local community.
Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this sad time. pic.twitter.com/IqafI0jhEr
— Crewe Heritage Centre (@CreweHC) December 7, 2019
Cllr Benn Minshall, Mayor of Crewe wrote:
Dorothy Flude was a true force of nature; both as a person, and as a Councillor. I feel privileged to say that she is, and will forever be, my friend first and my colleague second.
Her passion and commitment to local people and families in Crewe are unparalleled. Her health had not always been kind to her; but Dorothy made that her motivation to make life better for others.
We would like to take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt condolences to Dorothy’s family and to thank them for allowing us to share in Dorothy’s life.
Cllr Bob Rudd, chair of Cheshire Fire Authority
This is very sad news, Dorothy was a great character and very proud of her Town, she will be very much missed on Cheshire Fire Authority. R.I.P. Dorothy Flude.
— Cllr Bob Rudd (@CllrBobRudd) December 7, 2019
Mick Roberts, Crewe and Nantwich CLP Secretary
Dorothy was a profoundly inspirational character. Her socialist values and warmth of personality shone through in everything she did.
As members we all have our personal memories of Dorothy. As a CLP we will miss the intelligent contributions of one of our undoubtedly wisest members. We are a lesser organisation as a consequence of Dorothy’s passing.
CLP meetings will never be quite the same again.
Dorothy’s was a life well lived. Our thoughts are with her family at this time.
Ben Wye, local activist and Cheshire East Council candidate
Cllr Joy Bratherton, Cheshire East Councillor and local activist
Tony Clarke, local activist and trade unionist
Crewe South Police