FORMER Oldham mayoress Di Heffernan has passed away almost a year after her husband Derek also died.

Mrs Heffernan Saddleworth also served as the wife of Saddleworth Parish Council chair Derek 1992–93 and 1999–2000.

She was mayoress for Oldham Council alongside her mayor husband in 2016–17.

Parish council vice-chair Pam Byrne said: “Di, along with Derek, was part of many of our lives over the years. Chairman's Lady was a highlight with flea markets, bacon butties, jumble sales. It was sad that her illness began when she was Lady Mayoress – which she loved.”

Parish council chair Barbara Beeley added: “We send our condolences to her family and friends. Derek could not have achieved his long public service without her support, and we will all miss her.”