Former Lady Mayoress passes away


A much-loved former Lady Mayoress of Canterbury has died after a short illness.

Barbara Todd, wife of Canterbury City Council’s deputy leader Pat Todd, passed away last Thursday (11 January) aged 67. The mother-of-two and grandmother-of-five was Lady Mayoress in 2006/07 and again in 2010/11.

Cllr Todd said: “I first stood for election in 1999 and invited Barbara to come to the count. She declined and I was told only to wake her up if I lost.

“But she grew into it and was a rather superb Lady Mayoress who subsequently served on the Lady Mayoress’s Charity committee.”

Barbara was born in Maidstone but had huge connections with Scotland. She went to Mole Hill Copse Primary School and then Senacre Secondary before joining the police cadets in 1967 where she met Cllr Todd.

The pair were married in Otham in 1970 and Barbara served in the police until leaving to start a family in 1978.

Cllr Todd, who represents Chestfield ward, said: “Barbara worked in a specialist department that looked after children and young people and dealt with issues affecting women. At the time, women were paid 9/10 of their male colleagues’ wages and did not work nights.”

The couple moved to Canterbury in 1969 before settling in their current home in Sherwood Drive, Whitstable.

Canterbury City Council’s Chief Executive Colin Carmichael said: “The thoughts of the whole council are with Cllr Todd and his family.

“Barbara was a great supporter of the council, was an incredibly popular Lady Mayoress and was very active in supporting the causes that other Lady Mayoresses raised funds for.”