Walkway unveiled in memory of late borough councillor

A POPULAR walkway has been named after one of Blyth Valley's much-loved councillors.

The Seaton Sluice to Blyth coastal walkway has officially been named after former Mayor of Blyth Valley, the late Coun Eve Black.

Current Mayor, Coun Cilla Isles and Mrs Black's sister, Pat Banks, performed the unveiling of the sign at the beginning of the walkway.

It runs 3km along one of the most beautiful parts of the Northumberland coastline.

At the time of the coastal path construction in 2000, Coun Black was a great campaigner for the scheme realising its great potential for the residents of Blyth Valley as well as visitors from further afield.

The pathway is an integral section of a cycle route but was not only constructed for cyclists but also to give people of all ages access to the coast.

Coun Cilla Isles said: "It is a privilege to honour the memory of a great lady, Coun Mrs Eve Black, who died suddenly on Monday, April 24, 2006, aged 74.

"Eve was a great support to the officers involved in the scheme and attended many public meetings to discuss the project.

"It is therefore only fitting that the pathway should be named after her as she was much loved and respected by the people of Blyth Valley, in particular the residents of the Hartley ward who she represented for many years."