One of Saddleworth’s best-known figures, Parish Councillor Ken Hulme, has died after a short illness.
Cllr Hulme passed away early on Friday morning at the Royal Oldham Hospital, at the age of 62. Friends and family have described the news as a great shock.
Ken served the Saddleworth Parish Council for the last eight years. He was the current vice chairman, and was hoping to become chairman later this year. A tribute issued by the council said that he “loved live, music and the Saddleworth hills.”
He was a well-known and often outspoken councillor for Delph and Denshaw and was involved in many local campaigns, including fighting to keep wind turbines out of the Castleshaw Valley.
Ken also took a close interest in traffic issues in Saddleworth, supporting Delph Library, and in the upkeep of the graveyard at the village’s Independent Chapel.
A long-standing member of the Labour Party, who once stood as a Labour candidate in a Westminster election, Ken had recently sat on the parish council as an Independent. He said he had grown disillusioned with Labour both locally and nationally, over issues ranging from the withdrawal of funding for Delph Library to the invasion of Iraq.
He only narrowly failed to win a seat on the borough council last year, but saw three fellow independents join him on the parish in elections held on the same day.
Ken Hulme is survived by his wife Hannah Roberts, and their son George.
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