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Political leaders pay tribute to former Northampton borough and county councillor

Councillor Don Edwards switching in the Christmas lights in 1991 when he was Mayor of Northampton

Councillor Don Edwards switching in the Christmas lights in 1991 when he was Mayor of Northampton

Tributes have been paid to a former mayor of Northampton.

Councillor Don Edwards, who was made an alderman of the borough in December 2011, served Duston as a borough councillor from 1975 before retiring in 2011. He was also a county councillor until May last year. He was mayor of Northampton in the early 1990s.

On Friday night, tributes were paid on Twitter by community of political leaders in Northamptonshire.

Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds said: “Former county Cllr/Northampton Borough Cllr Don Edwards’ death tonight brings many memories of him to mind a gracious generous and genuine man.”

Deputy leader of Wellingborough Borough Council, Barry Graves, added: Sorry to learn of the death of former Mayor of Northampton Don Edwards. I served with him on the county council 20 years ago.”

Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “It was great honour to make Don an Honorary Alderman to mark his contribution to town. My thoughts are with Nancy and family.

“He played vital part in Northampton civic life for decades and was well known local community figure.”

Councillor Edwards was first elected in 1975 and was a borough and county councillor.

At the time Councillor Edwards officially received the honour of alderman in January 2012, Councillor Tim Hadland said: “In all the years I’ve known Don, I’ve known him to be a man of strong principle, who is very firm in his views. He’s probably one of the most reliable people I’ve ever known. If he says he’s going to do something, you can rely 100 per cent on the fact that it will be done.”

 

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