Cynthia Leyland (1923-2021) – a tribute from Councillor June Cully

It is with great sadness that we learnt the news of Cynthia’s death on Monday 12th April at the age of 97. She was a life-long member and friend of the Labour Party.
Cynthia was elected to Gosport Borough Council in May 1972 and represented the Newtown Ward until 1974. Following a reorganisation of the Council she served the Forton Ward until 1979.
When she and her husband Sid moved to Bridgemary, she was elected to serve Bridgemary from 1986 until she retired in 1997. Cynthia was Chair of the Transportation and Highways Committee, policy areas in which she took a great interest, along with planning and housing issues. She was keen to see environmental improvements in the area and did her best to gain recognition for the skills of the gardeners employed in the Parks department.
She supported Sid in his Mayoral Year 1990 to 1991 as his Mayoress. In all the years that Sid was a County Councillor, she always drove him to Winchester for County Council meetings and other duties.
Cynthia will be remembered as someone who was always ready to help residents with their problems. She was respected throughout the Council by staff and councillors of all parties.


Her funeral is at 12.30pm on April 27 at Portchester Crematorium

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