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Tribute paid to former city councillor Evelyn Archer

John Freeman

There have been many tributes to former city councillor Evelyn Archer, after news broke that she had passed away on Sunday, aged 78.

Mrs Archer served on the council from 1991-1995 and again from 2003-2011, representing the Poulton ward. She was a member of the city council’s Cabinet and undertook the portfolio for property services and regeneration. She also played a leading part in the campaign to help create Morecambe Town Council.

Above all, she was a staunch advocate for her home town of Morecambe and was perhaps most well-known for her tenacity and courage in helping to first save and then preserve the Winter Gardens.

The Mayor of Lancaster, Coun Andrew Kay, said: “Evelyn was a real champion for her home town, its residents and businesses. Along with everyone at Lancaster City Council I would like to pay tribute to her work over the years and send my deep condolences to her family.”

“Evelyn Archer was one of Morecambe’s greatest characters, champions and ambassadors," noted local journalist and broadcaster Greg Lambert. "She truly loved this town and shouted up about it every chance she got. And she was the heart and soul of the Winter Gardens.

“Her passion, strong principles and drive saved one of Morecambe’s most historic buildings and she would not take no for an answer any time the theatre was under threat. She led the restoration from the front and scrapped and battled until it was functioning as an entertainment venue once again."

"She was a true hero for Morecambe, led from the front to do everything she could to revitalise the town," noted councillor Charlie Edwards.

Local MP David Morris said he was "devastated" to learn of her passing. 

"Evelyn was a true champion of Morecambe but more than that she was a friend," he said. 

"She achieved absolutely amazing things at the Winter Gardens and being able to go to shows again at the Winter Gardens was only possible due to Evelyn’s passion and tenacity and drive."

Her daughter Linda has told the Visitor that following her funeral, on a date to be set, Mrs Archer’s wake would take place at the Winter Gardens and all would be welcome to attend.