The Labour Party was well represented at the service to celebrate the life of Jan Gordon that was held at a packed Christ Church Skipton on Monday 9 April 2018.
Jan was a former Skipton town councillor, Craven district councillor and secretary of the Skipton branch of the Labour Party. Her successors who were present at the service were all struck by the thought that they were following in the footsteps of a truly remarkable woman. For as Jan’s daughter Harriet Dunlop made clear in her moving eulogy, there was so much more to Jan’s life than those of us who only knew her briefly could ever have imagined. And linking it all was a tremendous sense of fun and rebellion. Jan was at home on the Sussex Downs as she was in the Yorkshire Dales. She belonged to so many groups and several churches and made friends wherever she went. Chris Rose spoke of Jan’s contribution to the Labour Party and her role as a local councillor. At a time when many of us are devoting our energies to the district election campaign it was good to be reminded of the remarkable people went before us and to celebrate the life of one of the most remarkable of them all.