Cramlington’s first mayor has died after a short illness.
Coun Brian Pickering, who represented Cramlington North on the town council, died last Thursday at the age of 75.
Coun Pickering was the first chairman and mayor of Cramlington Town Council following its establishment in 2009.
He was also a prominent figure in the Conservative Party in the town, having been its chairman for four years up until last January, and a supporter of various voluntary and community groups.
Coun Pickering represented Cramlington North on the former Blyth Valley Borough Council from 2006 to 2009, serving on several committees.
Coun Wayne Daley, a Cramlington Town Council colleague, said: “I am deeply saddened by Brian’s death.
“Brian and I worked closely in the area, and he was a passionate advocate for the community he served.
“My condolences go to his wife Jean and his family. Brian will go down in history as the first-ever mayor of Cramlington, a position he held with such dignity and commitment, and we should honour the service he gave to the people of Cramlington.”
A funeral service will be held tomorrow at Cowpen Road Crematorium in Blyth at 11.30am, followed by a wake at the Masonic Lodge in Cramlington Village.