Book of Condolence

Tributes to Lynne Sparks, who was Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield May 2015 - May 2016 and May 2017 - February 2018.

Lynne Sparks Mayor Councillor Lynne Sparks, the Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, sadly passed away on Saturday 10 February, aged 51 years. She died in her family's arms at Isabel Hospice in Welwyn Garden City following a short battle with cancer.

Lynne served as  Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield twice: first from May 2015 until May 2016, and again from May 2017 until her death. A dedicated Mayor, councillor and campaigner, Lynne worked hard to make Welwyn Hatfield a better place for the communities she served. 

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Mayor Lynne Sparks with her husband and children

A Book of Condolence is also available in the Council Offices, Campus East, Welwyn Garden City and at the Housing Office, White Lion House, Hatfield.


Tributes to Councillor Lynne Sparks, Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council:


'Lynne had a boundless compassion for others and was a great champion for the many issues she cared deeply about, including addiction, domestic abuse and homelessness. She displayed tireless dedication in her roles as councillor and Mayor, and I know everyone who had the pleasure of meeting her would have been touched by her warm smile and caring nature.

The communities she served will miss her greatly, as will we.'  

Rob Bridge, Chief Executive Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council


'Lynne was a dedicated councillor and worked very hard for the community.

This was her second term as mayor and she will by sadly missed by the charities she was working for and the council she was so loyally representing.

Her family can be very proud of Lynne and our condolences go out to them.'

John Dean, Conservative councillor and leader of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council


'She was really the ideal of a local councillor - warm, time for everyone, inventive and ground-breaking.

As mayor she was superb, both in the council chamber keeping the rest of us all in order, and out in the community representing the council and making everyone she met feel important and loved. I don't know of anyone who had a bad word to say about her and that is very rare.

Just one example, I remember watching her speak at the Bahii 200th anniversary celebration and what she said was so appropriate and moving. Our thoughts go out to her husband Ian, who has been such a great support to her, and to her children, in their grief.'

Malcolm Cowan, Liberal Democrat leader at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council


'We were very saddened to learn of the untimely loss of Lynne, she was a great supporter of JOCA and helped us greatly to move forward in the local community.

Our condolences go to her family.'

Kieran Thorpe, Labour leader at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council


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