Local Weather



max temp: 20°C

min temp: 10°C

Five-day forecast

Tributes paid to much-loved former mayoress of Redbridge ahead of funeral

Thursday, March 27, 2014
7:00 AM

A former mayoress is due to be laid to rest today.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

Rita Leggatt, 88, who lived in Barkingside, died on March 14 from a stroke. She had been in ill health for a number of years.

Her husband Arthur, who served two terms as a councillor and was Redbridge’s mayor between 2004 and 2005, said: “She was very supportive in all that I did, even though my council work demanded quite a lot.

“People liked her because she was friendly and was interested in them. I don’t know what I am going to do without her.”

Cllr Keith Prince, leader of Redbridge Council, said: “Rita was a lovely lady, respected by all that knew her. In her year as mayoress, she was incredibly supportive and acted as a real ambassador to the borough.”

Mrs Leggatt’s funeral is at St Mary’s Church, High Road, Ilford. As well as her husband, she leaves behind eldest son Martin, 51, and twins Paul and David, 49.

Share this article


   Local advertisers

More news articles

Click here to read the Digital Edition of the Ilford Recorder on screen
Use our Wedding site to help you plan your big day!
At WeddingSite we know how much you have to organise for your wedding day, that's why we have designed a set of FREE, simple-to-use tools to make the planning process easy & hassle-free. FIND OUT MORE
Find a date using our online dating and friend finder
You can meet new friends, find romance or simply meet up online with people sharing similar interests and hobbies. FIND OUT MORE
Find a local business using our online directory search
Need a plumber? Or a florist? Or anything else? Search our business directory to find Ilford businesses in just a few seconds. FIND OUT MORE
Family notices from the Ilford Recorder, with readers' tributes
In memoriam, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, best wishes & special days. FIND OUT MORE

Around the Web See all