ASHTON came to a standstill for the funeral of Cllr Kieran Quinn, Tameside Council’s executive leader.
Streets were closed around St Ann’s RC Church on Burlington Street for the requiem mass to celebrate the life of the 57-year-old who suffered a heart attack on December 23 while delivering Christmas cards.
Cllr Quinn, who was also chair of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund as well as being a Droylsden ward councillor, died on Christmas Day in Tameside General Hospital.
The first of the 450 ticketed mourners were queuing to enter St Ann’s more than an hour before the mass began and there dozens more outside listening as it was relayed to them.
Staff from Tameside Council were brought to the church in seven coaches and mini buses.
And the mourners included Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Stalybridge and Hyde as well as Lord Tom Pendry, former MP for the same consituency.
Ashton MP Angela Rayner and Jim McMahon, MP for Oldham and Royton, were also present along with Mayor of Manchester Andy Burnham and Stalybridge’s Labour ward councillors.
During the mass there were tributes from Steven Pleasant, Tameside Council chief executive, and deputy executive leader Cllr John Taylor.
The mass was followed by a private interment at Droylsden Cemetery and a wake at Dukinfield Town Hall.