Tributes paid to long-serving Great Yarmouth councillor and pub landlady

Joy Cosaitis

Joy Cosaitis

A 'remarkable' former councillor and pub landlady has died peacefully at the age of 92.

Yarmouth Councillor Joy Cosaitis in 1966

Yarmouth Councillor Joy Cosaitis in 1966 - Credit: Submitted

Joy Cosaitis passed away at the James Paget University Hospital (JPH) in Gorleston early on Monday.

Joy Cosaitis with Barry Coleman

Joy Cosaitis with Barry Coleman

The great great grandmother gave more than half a century to local politics, first serving in Cobholm and Lichfield ward in the 1960s and in Nelson ward as recently as 2006.

And she was at the heart of the community as landlady of the Peace and Plenty in Nelson Road from 1965, and the Silver Herring behind Palmers from 1972.

She had three children, Evelyn, James and Dorothy, and they said their mother was committed to serving local people.

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'She would have stood right into her 90s, but they were looking for younger blood,' revealed daughter Dorothy Madle, 73, of Belton.

Mrs Cosaitis was first elected before the local authority became Great Yarmouth Borough Council, standing for the Conservative Party.

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Her first spell as a councillor lasted until 1972, and when she moved from the Cobholm area to south Yarmouth she became known for her work with the tenant forum and Peggotty Road community centre.

Barry Coleman, who was leader of the council when Mrs Cosaitis last served, described her as a 'remarkable' and 'generous' woman.

'She was a lifelong Conservative and worked very hard representing Nelson ward on the council up until 2006,' he said. 'She worked into her 80s and took it very seriously.

'It was her life really, to be involved with the community and help others.

'She would be around delivering leaflets on her mobility scooter.'

He said Mrs Cosaitis was honoured for her service with a certificate from Prime Minister David Cameron to recognise 50 years of work for the Conservative Party.

But politics was not the be all and end all.

For her best friend was Labour stalwart Cora Batley although - as Mrs Cosaitis' daughter put it - she was 'batting for the other side'.

Mrs Cosaitis grew up in the Royal Hotel in Marine Parade, which was owned by her grandmother.

She was married three times

In her free time she enjoyed cross stitches and landscape painting, was a collector of dolls and an avid reader of biographies.

Funeral arrangements are currently being made.

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