Tributes have been paid to former Broadheath councillor Jane Baugh, who has died.
Cllr Baugh was first elected in 1990 and represented Broadheath Ward for 14 years before moving to Priory Ward in 2004. She served Trafford Council for 30 years in all.
Described as a “popular and talented” politician, she twice stood for the Altrincham and Sale West seat, losing to Graham Brady by just 1,500 votes in 1997.
Cllr Baugh was extremely passionate about the arts and children and young people and served on the Council’s Executive from 2018-2019 working in the Children’s Services and Culture and Leisure portfolios.
She was also instrumental in setting up Sale Waterside in 2004, served as Trafford Mayor in 2011 and was a governor at several Trafford schools including Park Road Primary School in Timperley.
Cllr Baugh leaves behind husband Peter and her three sons Jonathan, David and James. As a mark of respect the flags at Trafford Town Hall, Sale and Altrincham Town Hall will be flown at half mast.
Describing her as an “astonishingly talented politician”, Council Leader Cllr Andrew Western said: “I am devastated by this news. Jane was an incredibly committed and passionate Councillor who always fought for what she believed in. She was a linchpin in the Sale community.
“Rest in peace Jane, you have been an inspiration to us all.”