Tree planted in memory of ‘determined’ Bury St Edmunds councillor Charlotte

Tree planting in memory of Cllr Charlotte Howard
Tree planting in memory of Cllr Charlotte Howard
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Family and friends of a ‘determined and committed’ Bury St Edmunds councillor, who died just two months after being diagnosed with cancer, gathered to plant a tree in her memory.

A Magnolia Heaven Scent has been planted, in St Mary’s Square, as a tribute to St Edmundsbury Borough Cllr Charlotte Howard, who passed away aged 68 in August.

She had been elected as councillor for the Abbeygate ward in May.

Her daughter Angela Whitehead said: “We’ve got a magnolia in our garden and she absolutely loved it. It just seemed appropriate - tall, elegant and heaven scent.

“Mum was beautiful inside and out. She was determined and really strong.”

Cllr Howard, a mum of three and grandmother of seven, worked as a receptionist for Scotts Opticians, in Bury.

Fellow Borough Cllr Robert Everitt, who knew Cllr Howard and her husband Len for more than 30 years, said: “The potential of Charlotte was just there to be seen. She was committed to the town. She loved Bury and hoped to do something good for the town.

“She threw herself into borough meetings with gusto. It’s always a bit of a daunting prospect when you arrive at your first full council meeting but Charlotte made herself heard loud and clear.”

Mr Howard, 70, said: “The tree is really really great. Charlotte would have loved it. I’m really grateful to the council for allowing it.”