Lord Mayor and Deputy Council Leader pay tribute to the Duke of Westminster

10 August 2016

The Lord Mayor of Chester and the Deputy Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council today paid tribute to the Duke of Westminster.

The Lord Mayor of Chester, Councillor Angela Claydon, has written a letter of condolence to the Westminster family in which she describes His Grace as a ‘great supporter and advocate’ of Chester.

In her letter Councillor Claydon writes: “Can I, on behalf of the City of Chester, express our deepest sympathy and extend our condolences to yourself and your family on the sad death of His Grace, The Duke of Westminster.

“His Grace and the Westminster family have always been great supporters and advocates for the city of Chester and its civic and ceremonial function, most recently, when he re-opened the redeveloped City Baths and the remodelled Grosvenor Park.   

“Following the remodelling of Grosvenor Park, his Grace kindly donate an illustrated copy of an important historical document to mark the restoration of Grosvenor Park. Councillor Bob Rudd, Lord Mayor 2014/15, was honoured to receive such a special gift, which now hangs proudly in the Grosvenor Park Lodge.

“His Grace has attended many civic events over the years and has always been a great asset to the civic life of the city. I have had the personal privilege of accompanying him during two recent events within the city.  His Grace will be sadly missed.”

Councillor Louise Gittins, Deputy Council Leader, said: “The Duke of Westminster was a true champion of Chester who was passionate in his support of our local community, much of which was done quietly and without publicity.

“I was delighted to accompany him on a recent tour of Chester’s new cultural centre, Storyhouse, in which he had a keen personal interest. 
“He was a remarkable, kind and generous man, and his passing is an enormous loss to our city. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”

Flags have been lowered at Chester Town Hall and Council’s HQ offices in tribute, and a book of condolence has been opened at the Town Hall.

Anyone wishing to sign the book of condolence may do so between 9am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

The Duke of Westminster at the re-opening of the restored Grosvenor Park in July 2014.
The Duke of Westminster at the re-opening of the restored Grosvenor Park in July 2014.

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