Anne Platt, the inspirational former marketing and events manager at the Mansion House, has died aged 48.
She had been ill with cancer for several years.
Anne served 13 of York’s Lord Mayors, and played a key role in some major events. She organised lunch for the Queen when she visited in 2012 and managed the civic party when the Tour de France rolled into York.
She raised money for charities including York Against Cancer and St Leonard’s Hospice, was named a Freeman of the City, and won a Community Pride Award.
But she was also well known for her enthusiasm and sense of humour.
Anne’s husband Chris said: “She was an absolutely fantastic woman.”
Always laughing and joking
The couple had their heads shaved together to raise money for York charities.
He said Anne was always laughing and joking, even with her doctors. And that one of her career highlights was meeting the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
Former Lord Mayor and council leader Ian Gillies praised Anne’s professionalism while she worked at the Mansion House – where she was involved with organisations including York Minster, the Armed Forces, emergency services and city guilds.
He said: “Anne’s attitude over the past few months in particular in relation to her illness was inspirational.
“Her smile was infectious, her outlook always optimistic, and she will be sorely missed by her husband, family and friends.”
Photographer David Harrison, who often pictured Anne both in his former role at the Press and as a freelancer, said: “Anne was a very lovely person.
“She always carried out her duties in the Lord Mayor’s office with humour, calm and efficiency. York is a lesser place for her passing.”
Cllr Janet Looker served as Lord Mayor when Anne started at the Mansion House and said: “She was tremendous. We were both of us learning on the job and I’ve always felt the Lord Mayors have had the benefit of working with Anne.
“She went over and above the job description. There is no one quite like Anne.”
Anne took early retirement at the age of 46 – and a party was thrown in her honour by former Lord Mayors.
Anne leaves behind her husband Chris, her brothers Paul and John and sister, Mary.
‘Anne lit up a room’
Julie Russell from York Against Cancer said Anne was a “dedicated supporter” of the charity.
She said: “She worked tirelessly for so many City of York Lord Mayors and their fundraising committees, she supported each and every charity in her own charismatic way; always with a kind word and a smile.
“Anne will be sadly missed by all her friends at York Against Cancer and at this very sad time we would like to pass on our sincere condolences to Anne’s husband Chris, her family and close friends.”
Anne’s friend Kirsten Ovenden added: “Anne was a kind, generous lady, enthusiastic in everything she did.
“She faced her illness with great courage and kept that beautiful smile until the end. I will miss my dear friend greatly, and I know she will be sorely missed by everyone who was lucky enough to know her.”
Graham Bradbury who worked with Anne organising civic events said he is “proud and privileged” to have been her friend, saying: “Anne was a tremendous ambassador for the city of York.”
He said: “Anne was a person who lit up any room as soon as she made an entrance. She always lifted people’s spirits with her infectious enthusiasm.
“She had a canny knack of encouraging people to buy raffle or tombola tickets at events in support of numerous local charities, she earned huge respect from so many people and made many friends with her endearing smile.”
Former Lord Mayor Susan Galloway also paid tribute, saying: “Anne first became ill during my term as Lord Mayor. Her illness did not prevent her from supporting the civic party wholeheartedly.
“She was professional and her humour, fortitude and kindness will be remembered not only by me but by many organisations with whom she came into contact.”