Full church tribute to a popular MP


ST Mary's Parish Church, Nantwich, was packed on June 9, 2008, as people from all walks of life paid tribute to the late Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody, popular MP for Crewe and Nantwich, until her death after a short illness in May.

   The memorial service, led by the Rector of Nantwich, the Rev Peter Chantry, included a tribute by Dennis Dunn, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the MMU (Manchester Metropolitan University), Cheshire; extracts  from a condolence book read by members of the Dunwoody family, "a few words" by Mrs Dunwoody's daughter, Tamsin, a reading by Borough Councillor Peter Kent, music by Crewe Male Voice Choir, and solos by




Neil Raisbeck and Alex Holsgrove of the Lions Youth Brass.

   A Lesson was read by David Maidment of "Railway Children", a charity supported by Mrs Dunwoody.

   After the service, Tamsin Dunwoody and her children lined up in the well of the church to thank people for attending the service.

   Among those present was Edward Timpson, the new MP for Crewe and Nantwich, who took the seat held by Mrs Dunwoody. (See this page).

   One unknown man presented Miss Dunwoody with a bouquet of flowers.   







lPicture: the floral centrepiece in the nave of the church for the service.







Members of the public who couldn't get into St Mary's sit on the seats around the well of the church to hear the service relayed on speakers (inset)




Tamsin Dunwoody and her family, leaving St Mary's after the service, thank the Rector


Press photographers capture the scene as the congregation leave the church


Tamsin Dunwoody greets Town Councillor Bill McGinnis (immediate past Chairman)


Alderman Doug Butterill of Nantwich in conversation with Miss Dunwoody 


As she stood outside church after the service, Tamsin Dunwoody was presented with flowers


Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson is interviewed after the service


The Rector of Nantwich with the Mayor and Mayoress of Crewe and Nantwich


. . . and with the Chairman of Nantwich Town Council, Cllr Keith Cafferty


The well of the church after the memorial service


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