‘He’ll be sadly missed’

Mark Hamer
Mark Hamer

Tributes have been paid to a former councillor who championed the fight to get Fleetwood fishermen compensation when they lost the ability to fish off Iceland.

Mark Hamer, 84, died at Priory Court Nursing Home on February 1.

Fleetwood Fishermen’s Mission Pastor George Ayoma said: “Mark was instrumental in bringing compensation to fishermen. He was more than willing to do all he could and he helped track down records that fishermen needed to be able to claim.

“He was rather a special fellow.

“I am very sad to hear of his death but was delighted to see him in his care home at Christmas, singing carols and enjoying himself.”

Lionel Marr, chairman of the Jacinta Trust added: “One of the highlights of his life was doing an awful lot of work for fishermen and gaining the compensation for them that they so richly deserved.

“He was also a trustee of the Jacinta and he gave valuable assistance to us.”

Mr Hamer, a stalwart Conservative for some 60 years, and representing Warren Ward in the port on Wyre Council, shocked colleagues when he switched to Labour in 2011 after he was deselected.

He said at the time: “I considered the matter with great care and realised how little the Conservatives have done for Fleetwood and the fishing industry so I decided to join Labour.

“I am pleased to be active in politics again although, at my age, I won’t be able to make a big contribution. But I will do whatever I can for the town.”

Coun Peter Gibson, Leader of Wyre Council, said: “All his life Mark Hamer championed the town of Fleetwood and its residents. He was a great advocate for the fishing industry and fought hard for compensation for fishermen.

During his time as a Wyre councillor he was tenacious in promoting Fleetwood and did everything he could to improve services and facilities in the town. He will be sadly missed by all and Fleetwood has lost one of its most dedicated sons.”

Coun Penny Martin, leader of the opposition, added: “I would like to express the Labour group’s condolences to his family. He always worked hard for the people of Fleetwood.”

Mr Hamer leaves children Michael, Elizabeth and Caroline, and five grandchildren.

Mr Hamer’s funeral takes place at St Paul’s Church, Fleetwood, on February 13 at 12.15pm, followed by a service at Lytham Park Crematorium at 2pm.

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