I had a phone call yesterday from my good friend and former Maghull Councillor Roy Connell to tell me that his friend of many years John Kitson had died. I met John just the once myself and the link below outlines the circumstances:-
I don’t think that anyone involved in Lydiate Parish Council from the 1980’s onwards recalls John due to him being a councillor back in the late 1960’s/early 1970’s but never the less I feel it important to acknowledge his work for the community even though it was a long time ago.
If you’ve clicked on the link you’ll now know that Roy and John were connected with the trade union movement, a movement close to my heart too.
If anyone has any memories of John in his Parish Councillor role I’d love to hear them……
RIP John Kitson
The other day Sheila and I were invited to Roy Connell’s 70th birthday party and a lovely do it was too in the Derby Arms in Aughton.
But one of those great coincidences of life popped up because amongst the guests was a certain John Kitson who had been a member (and I think Chairman of) Lydiate Parish Council in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.
Roy (on the left) was a Lib Dem Maghull Town & Sefton Borough councillor for Maghull until he retired from council activities in 2010. John (on the right) was a Ratepayer member of Lydiate Parish Council in the 1960’s
Roy introduced John to me as an old trade union and work colleague of his because he knew I would also be interested in John’s previous life as a fellow Lydiate Parish Councillor.
John told me that he then lived in Moss Lane, was a member of the Parish Council for 8 years and that he sat within what was then the controlling Ratepayer Group on the Council.
What a small world it is and I was so pleased to meet John and talk about Lydiate in his day. John no longer lives in Lydiate but I am sure we all wish him well in his retirement.