A COUNCIL chief has been commemorated in a display of culture.
Jonathan Drake, who was head of Kirklees Council's culture and leisure services, died in September at the age of 45 following a battle against cancer.
Friends as well as those who benefited from his work gathered in Huddersfield Town Hall yesterday for an event that reflected his life.
The programme was introduced by assistant head of service Richard Bealing.
Performances included dance from Huddersfield-based group Dandia, poetry read- ings, music and drama.
They were intermingled with thoughts and memories from Mr Drake's many friends.
Among the speakers were the Mayor of Kirklees Clr Barbara Allonby and Tony Elson, chief executive of Kirklees Council.
Described as the quintessential English gentleman, Mr Drake was head of cultural services for six years and had planned to take up the role as chief of the newly combined leisure and cultural services.
The former archaeologist worked in Southampton for 14 years where he was head of museums.
He leaves a wife, Lynne.