Salisbury City Council have expressed condolences upon the passing of Lady Jo Benson OBE, the 1969-1970 mayor of Salisbury.

It is with much regret that the death of Lady Jo Benson OBE is announced.

Lady Benson was the mayor of the city of Salisbury 1969-1970 and was an Honorary Freeman of the City.

During her year as mayor, she set up the Jo Benson Day Centre – a day centre that meets the needs of adults with physical and emotional needs.

The centre was awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2009. 

Lady Benson gave freely of her time to many organisations and charities across the city, and will be remembered for her philanthropy and kindness.

The City Council Councillors and staff pass on their sincere condolences to her family and friends.

Councillor Tom Corbin, mayor of Salisbury, said: "Lady Benson gave outstanding service to the city in which she was born, and her legacy of the Jo Benson Centre will live on. 

"I extend my deepest sympathies to her family."

The City Flag will be flown at half-mast on the Guildhall until sunset on the day of the funeral as a mark of respect.