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OBITUARY: Sir Neville pays tribute after death of wife Lady Charlotte.

A former Lady Mayoress of Birmingham has died at the age of 87.

Lady Charlotte Marian Bosworth was the wife of former Birmingham City Council Leader Neville Bosworth.

She married Sir Neville in 1945 and was at his side throughout his long career as city councillor for 46 years, Conservative Group Leader for 15 years and two stints as Council Leader from 1976-80 and 1982-84.

She also served as Lady Mayoress when her husband was mayor from 1969 to 1970.

Sir Neville was best known as the 'ratepayers' friend' and won national Conservative acclaim when he cut rates for Birmingham householders twice in two years in the 80s.

A former director of Birmingham City Football Club, he simultaneously ran two solicitors' offices throughout his political career, and received a CBE and a knighthood for his work.

Last night he paid tribute to his wife's unceasing energy and said that he couldn't imagine having achieved so much without her support.

The couple had three children, Simon, Jane and Jo, and Lady Marian, known as 'Mick', also worked for several years in a voluntary capacity for Good Hope Hospital.

She worked at Lloyds Bank before she married and carried on throughout the war taking responsibility for the male posts left vacant.

'She stood beside me and behind me and helped me in every possible way,' said Sir Neville.

'She was a very vibrant presence and a forceful personality and she was a great hostess. She was popular and easily made friends so she took to the role of Lady Mayor very well, with all the functions that position entails.'

Although Lady Marian was a staunch campaigner for her husband, canvassing with him on the doorstep at election time, she used to tease him about taking regional politics so seriously.

'When I was given the freedom of the city, symbolised by a scroll in a little silver casket, she made a joke which I thought was priceless and often recounted in speeches,' Sir Neville recalled. 'She said that if I died first she would put my ashes in the casket and send it back to the council house, because I was much happier there.

'She was a wonderful, loveable person who will be much missed.'

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