Charlie Batteson

“PRAYERS have been said and tributes paid to a Kendal councillor and respected university lecturer who died at the age of 54. Dr Charles Batteson, who represented the Underley Ward of Kendal, died suddenly but peacefully on January 25 at Westmorland General Hospital. At meeting of Kendal Town Council this week his fellow councillors expressed their regret at losing such a passionate and intelligent man, who cared so the people of the town.

We all know Charlie was a very intelligent man with a PHD but he was far more than that, said Coun Tony Rothwell, who was good friends with Dr Batteson. “He loved quotations and used them in his speeches and he got into trouble more than once with people not understanding that they were quotations but that was Charlie all over”.

Although his father worked on the railways in the west of England, Dr Batteson was born in London, where he grew up and studied for a degree and PHD in Philosophy at the University of London. In his younger years he was a keen sportsman and was a major cricket fan all of his life.

In the 1990s, Dr Batteson moved to the South Lakes and took up a lecturing post at St Martin’s College in Ambleside. On his retirement, he was elected as a member of Kendal Town Council, where he will be remembered for his lively debates, strong opinions and dedication. “Charlie was an enigmatic man, a brilliant man and a socialist to his core,” Coun Rothwell said. “Above all else he was my friend and he was always there”.

Coun. John Bateson described how he and Dr Batteson had been united by their love of the railways, adding: “He was the quintessential English man”. The Mayor of Kendal, Coun Clare Feeney-Johnson, added: “Our thoughts go to his family and I would like to say on behalf of the whole council that we will miss him”.

Dr Batteson’s funeral took place at Kendal Parish Church at 2pm yesterday (Thursday) followed by a committal at Lancaster & Morecambe Crematorium. January 2009.