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Death of former Gravesham mayor Lady Murray announced

PUBLISHED: 13:10 07 October 2014 | UPDATED: 11:44 10 October 2014

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She is said to have had a public service record which stretched back almost 60 years

A former mayor of Gravesham, and councillor whose record of public service stretched back almost 60 years, died on Friday (October 3).

Lady Anne Murray, who became mayor in 1995, passed away following deteriorating health which had necessitated a move from her former home in Gravesend to London three years ago.

Born Anne Wakeford, she was brought up in Crayford, and educated at Dartford Grammar School for Girls. She joined the Labour Party in 1950, serving as a councillor in the London borough of Lambeth between 1958 and 1965. She met her husband, the former Gravesend MP Albert Murray, at the Labour Party conference in Blackpool in 1959. When he won his seat in Gravesend in 1964, the couple moved to the town, with Lady Murray remaining in the town until 2011.

She was a well-known member of the community in Gravesend, spending her time working on a number of local projects. She served as the president for the North Kent Sunday football league, the Gravesend branches of the NSPCC, the National Association of Widows and the Royal British Legion. Racial equality was also a passion of hers. She served as the chairman for Gravesham’s Community Relations Council for more than 10 years, working closely with the Sikh community and other ethnic minority groups.

She was first elected to the council after winning a by-election in 1992, becoming deputy mayor in 1994, and remained on the council until 1999 when she lost her seat at the borough elections.

She is survived by her children Kate and Tim and four grandchildren, Milo, Albie, Cicely and Lydia.

The date of the funeral, which will take place in Gravesend, will be announced shortly.

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