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Sunday, 26 October 2014

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Seaton stalwart Harold Lingard dies, aged 95

Harold Lingard, a stalwart of the community in Seaton and a former councillor and headteacher, has died aged 95.

Harold Lingard photo
Harold Lingard

He passed away in his sleep at Stilecroft care home at Stainburn, Workington, on Friday.

Mr Lingard was a Seaton parish councillor for 56 years, stepping down only a year ago.

He was also a Labour councillor for Seaton on Allerdale from 1991 to 1999 and represented Seaton and Winscales on Cumbria County Council from 1981 to 1991.

He was headteacher of Flimby Primary School for 10 years until he retired in 1980. Before that he was deputy head at Seaton Junior and at Westfield Junior in Workington, and taught at Eaglesfield Paddle and Broughton Moor schools and was a college lecturer in Workington.

Councillors stood in silence in his memory when Seaton parish council met last night.Chairman Trevor Fee said: “The dedication and enthusiasm that he brought to Seaton parish council was extraordinary .

“He was a remarkable man who was still riding his push bike and attending meetings regularly into his 90s.”

Mr Lingard was born in Manchester in 1916. He was a signalman in the Royal Navy during World War Two, serving on minesweepers, and was disciplined for going absent without leave to marry his sweetheart, Marjorie Cusack, in 1942.

They settled in Marjorie’s home village of Seaton in 1947 and remained together until she died in 2003. Mr Lingard leaves two sons, Christopher and Rodney, a daughter Lynette, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

His commitment to the west Cumbrian community spanned eight decades.

He was a Scout leader, founder member of Seaton Boys’ Club, a volunteer with the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, a trustee of Age Concern, a special constable, a founder member of Workington Civic Trust and a supporter of the Helena Thompson Museum.

He served on the Seaton village hall committee, was president of Seaton Carnival committee and was a prime mover in the formation of a residents’ association for Seaton’s Coronation Estate.

He also served on Cumberland Parish Councils’ Association, the Sports Council, Lake District Special Planning Board, the Courts of Lancaster and Liverpool Universities and was involved in the National Trust.

He was a sportsman – a qualified Football Association and rugby union referee – and played rugby for Workington Zebras and for Coventry where he trained as a teacher.

He also coached Keswick youth cricket team.

His funeral is at St Paul’s Church, Seaton, on Friday at 10.30am followed by cremation at Distington Hall. The family have requested that only relatives send flowers. Donations in his memory can be made to Cancer Research UK through funeral director John Sandelands of Main Road, Seaton.

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