Ceremonial Hartlepool Mayor and popular community worker remembered during moving event at town’s mosque

Tributes were paid to Hartlepool’s popular ceremonial mayor and a much-missed community worker during a moving event at the town’s Nasir Mosque.

Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community presented money raised raised in a peace walk in Ward Jackson Park last year to four charities at the Nasir Mosque in Brougham Terrace on Thursday evening.

A £500 cheque was presented to Cllr Loynes’ chosen charities of Miles For Men and Alice House Hospice.

Presentations for the same amount were also given to The Annexe centre and St Aidan’s Church food bank, which the mosque has donated 10,000 meals to in the last two years.

Just under 100 people took part in Hartlepool’s Walk for Peace last Septemberas part of a national event which raised over £750,000 for different affiliated charities.

The money for Cllr Loynes’ charities was accepted by her husband Dennis and Deputy Mayor Cllr Rob Cook.

Dennis said: “Although Brenda was ill at the time, she insisted on attending and took part for a small part of the walk which she enjoyed.

“We have attended a number of events at the Mosque, and she was always pleased to attend.”

Cllr Cook praised the “phenomenal” amount of work of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community adding: “It was an honour being present and I am very thankful for the donations that was made to Brenda’s chosen charities.”

Tributes were also paid to Teresa Driver, who died last July aged just 48, who was much-loved in the local community and worked closely with the mosque.