Obituary: Former civic head Peter Coles, 75

A FORMER Mayor of Calderdale, Peter Coles, has died just weeks after his brother.

Mr Coles and wife, Enid, were the Mayor and Mayoress of Hebden Royd in 1994 and Calderdale’s civic heads in 1999/2000. He also served on Blackshaw Parish Council for several years.

Mr Coles was 75 and represented the Luddenden Foot ward on Calderdale Council from 1994 until May last year, when he decided not to seek re-election.

Earlier this year he was made Freemen of the Borough of Calderdale for their history of public service.

Mr Coles’ brother, the Rev Geoffrey Coles, died last month at the age of 72.

They were born in Cumbria and moved to Calderdale in the 1940s when their father, the Rev J. W. Coles, became the Vicar of Luddenden.

Peter was educated at the former Sowerby Bridge Grammar School and Leeds University.

He became a teacher and then a senior education officer in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire councils, and was latterly Calderdale Council’s Older Persons’ Champion.

He was an award-winning photographer, a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and an audio-visual presenter. He was a past president of the Calder Valley Club for the disabled and able bodied, a member of the Hebden Bridge Promotion Committee, Hebden Bridge Swimming Pool Committee and governor of Hebden Royd Church of England Primary School.

Mr Coles and his widow, who lived at Charlestown, Hebden Bridge, have three children, Mark, Richard and Belinda.

Funeral arrangements are still to be confirmed.