Cathedral funeral for the late Mayor of Wakefield Coun Brian Holmes

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The city will come to a standstill next Tuesday for the funeral of the late Mayor of Wakefield, Coun Brian Holmes.

Coun Holmes died suddenly, aged 75, at his home in Horbury on the evening of Monday, October 7.

Hundreds of people are expected to line the streets as the funeral cortege sets off from the town hall at 10am.

It will travel along Wood Street and through the Bull Ring where the fountain will be switched off.

The cortege will then make its way to the cathedral where the civic service is expected to start at around 10.15am.

A number of council meetings were cancelled this week out of respect for Coun Holmes and his family.

The cabinet meeting, held at County Hall on Tuesday, only went ahead at the insistence of his widow, the Mayoress Coun Janet Holmes.

Speaking at the start of the meeting, council leader Peter Box said: “I would like to put on record our thanks to Brian for all the work he did for the authority and send our condolences once again to Janet.”

His tribute was supported by councillors from all parties who attended the meeting, as well as council staff.

Coun Holmes was first elected as a councillor to represent Horbury and South Ossett in 1997.

Along side his wife, the couple served as councillors for the ward, on and off for the best part of two decades.

When his wife served as mayor in 2004-2005 he acted as her consort.

Books of condolence have been opened at both the cathedral and at Wakefield Council for people to leave their tributes.

The Mayoress has asked for donations to her late husband to be donated to his chosen charities for his mayoral year, the British Heart Foundation and Take Heart.

Cheques should be handed in to the council or sent to the Mayor’s Office, County Hall, Wakefield, WF1 2QW.

Wood Street and the Bull Ring will be closed to traffic between 9.45am and 10.15am on the day of the funeral.