Cambridge Liberal Democrats were sad to learn of the passing of two former Cambridge city councillors in January.
Evelyn Knowles represented West Chesterton from 1987-2003 with great distinction. As well as being a successful ward councillor, Evelyn will be especially remembered for her highly active term as Mayor of Cambridge. Indeed, she was the first councillor elevated to the mayoralty after the Liberal Democrats took control of the Guildhall in 2000. She is also remembered for her encouragement and support of other women in local politics and her practical contributions to improving the local NHS: she served as Chair of the Cambridge Community Health Council and as the (acting) Chair of the Cambridge Primary Care Trust with great merit. Additionally, she will be remembered by many residents as the first manager of St Luke's Community Centre in Victoria Road, underlining her commitment to working tirelessly for the betterment of her community.
Anthony Hymans served as a councillor for Arbury Ward from 2004-2007, forming a part of the ruling group on the council at the time. As an enthusiastic grassroots volunteer, he was particularly involved in the campaign to elect David Howarth as Cambridge’s first Lib Dem Member of Parliament in 2005. He is survived by his wife, Pauline.
Cambridge Lib Dems have been fortunate to count many exceptional individuals amongst its active membership over recent decades. We will continue to work hard to build on their achievements and fight for the values they held dear.