Long-serving Ralph is recovering after stroke

Ralph Snape recovering at home with his wife Joyce after he suffered a suspected stroke. Pics by Josh Vosper

Ralph Snape recovering at home with his wife Joyce after he suffered a suspected stroke. Pics by Josh Vosper

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Veteran politician Ralph Snape, of Chorley North West ward, is resting at his Collingwood Road home after being taken ill last week after struggling to speak.

Initial tests at Chorley and South Ribble District General Hospital raised fears that the Independent councillor had suffered a minor stroke after blood clots were found in his neck. However, speaking after he was released from hospital, his wife Joyce said the hardest job ahead was to keep him from doing council work too soon.

She said: “On the morning of the stroke he had been out delivering 100 leaflets around the houses even though there isn’t an election around the corner.

“He likes to keep people informed that he is willing to help them at any time.

“I think he believes that he is another emergency service for people to ring whenever they have a problem.

“The phone never stops so it is going to be hard to stop him from driving to visit people and attending meetings.

“He had a similar thing about 10 years ago but perhaps this is a warning to him to slow down.

“But, I don’t think he will ever do that as long as there are people still wanting his help.”

Coun Snape has served on the council for 34 years and joked at his electio n count in May 2010 that he managed to ‘slip in again’ after picking up the largest majority of 2,579 of any councillor in Lancashire.

The illness meant that the 81-year-old missed last week’s full council meeting when the coalition between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats was confirmed.

Joyce said: “Ralph has not missed a lot of full council meetings but when he has it has been for a genuine reason like illness or we were away.

“I also could not go because I don’t know what would have happened when I was out of the house, he might try to visit some people.

“The stroke has also meant that he cannot drive to a RAF reunion event in Shropshire at the weekend and it would have been very nice to meet up with some of his old friends.”