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Former Barnsley Mayor And Councillor Dies

Thursday February 23 2012

FORMER Barnsley Mayor and current councillor Len Picken has died following a long illness.

Len represented the St Helen’s ward and has been a councillor since 1993, he served as Mayor in 2007 and was a mineworker for more than 40 years, in pits such as Wharncliffe Woodmoor 4 and 5, North Gawber and Ferrymoor/Riddings.

Barnsley Council leader Steve Houghton, said: “Len was one of Barnsley’s most respected, well liked and well known councillors; totally dedicated to the people of Athersley and the borough.

“Not only a hard working and well respected politician, he was a very nice man and a friend to councillors of all parties.”

He leaves two daughters as well as grandchildren and great grandchildren. His death was marked by a minute’s silence at this morning’s special council meeting, with tributes paid by the mayor and leaders of all parties.

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Reply Posted by Janicetighe on Thursday February 23 2012 at 14:57
Good night god bless Len, you was a credit to our community we will never forget the help and support you gave our community group, you was a brilliant councillor and a brilliant man, who really cared for everyone, rest in peace.

Athersley South Action Group

Reply Posted by Cathy moate on Thursday February 23 2012 at 15:54
RIP mr picken you were a true gent, kind and hard working and will be missed xxxx

Reply Posted by Denam on Thursday February 23 2012 at 16:56
Goodnight Len, we will always miss you, thank you for all your help with A.S.A.G !!! You were a lovely man ... God always takes the best xx

Reply Posted by Janetvivian on Thursday February 23 2012 at 17:26
Fond memories Len. Sad, sad news. Bud Healey, Mary and family, xxxxxxxx

Reply Posted by Loz6o on Thursday February 23 2012 at 18:34
Rest in peace Mr Picken u were a true gentleman me and my family have fond memories of you from Lorraine Crossley and family xxxx

Reply Posted by Juliefletcher20658 on Thursday February 23 2012 at 18:50
good nite god bless
  mr picken. will miss you always ,you have been a wonderful neighbour .
                                                           love julie fletch jordan x

Reply Posted by Mary Kendall on Thursday February 23 2012 at 19:03
Condolences to the family, he was a lovely man.

Reply Posted by Jean Wilson683 on Friday February 24 2012 at 21:14
rest in peace with you lovely wife Margaret and daughter Judith,sincere condolences to Julie,Janet and families and to his granddaughter Natalie. A realy true gentleman.

Reply Posted by Diane_price on Monday February 27 2012 at 10:37
rest in peace uncle len you will always be missed xxxx

Reply Posted by Niceangie on Saturday May 5 2012 at 11:38
 hi there  i am angie 
mr picken,  helped  me when i lived in barnsley all them years ago,
i remember him as a good counceller for athersley south, god bless you