Death of Nelson police ‘legend’

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Nelson police telephone worker who has died aged 82.

Kathleen Mayo, of Bannister Court, Nelson, died on November 17th, at the Royal Blackburn Hospital.

The wife of the late Derek, Mrs Mayo will be remembered fondly within the local police force where she worked for 26 years, presiding over Nelson Police Station’s communications network.

In her role as a front-line worker, she proved to be an invaluable member of staff, dealing with distress and emergency calls from the public.

And when it came to her retirement 20 years ago, her colleagues described her as “loyal and efficient” with “the calm voice of efficiency”.

Mrs Mayo started out at the station with an old-fashioned plug-in switchboard, acting as the force’s telephonist, but was soon designated to communications officer.

Her job brought her great satisfaction, and she became a mother figure to many police officers, who in those days received their positions from far and wide.

For many, it was their first experience being away from home and families, yet Mrs Mayo put them at ease.

One such officer was Brian Foley, who served alongside Mrs Mayo for 20 years.

He said: “Kathleen was ultra professional, caring and guided many of us through our early days.

“She was a remarkable woman that was always there for you, offering so many kind wise words of advice.

“She was so strong and independent, she was my figure head, and I will miss her greatly.”

Her knowledge of the area proved invaluable in helping the police and public alike, and her no-nonsense approach made it difficult to imagine the station without her.

Her funeral service will be held on Wednesday.

The cortege will assemble at Stott House Chapel of Rest at 10-20 a.m. prior to cremation at Skipton Crematorium at 11 a.m. Kath Rowland will officiate.

Family flowers only, but donations are being received for Cancer Research UK, c/o Helliwell’s Funeral Service, 870898.