Gainsborough: Benches have been dedicated to former councillors

Coun Giles McNeill (Nettleham), Coun Pat Mewis (Scotter), Janet Parry, Coun Ian Fleetwood (Bardney), Max Underwood-Frost,. Sally Jupp, Coun Jeff Summers (Waddingham & Spital), Coun Gillian Bardsley (Gainsborough North), Coun Lewis Strange (Kelsey) and Coun Stuart Curtis (Sudbrooke).
Coun Giles McNeill (Nettleham), Coun Pat Mewis (Scotter), Janet Parry, Coun Ian Fleetwood (Bardney), Max Underwood-Frost,. Sally Jupp, Coun Jeff Summers (Waddingham & Spital), Coun Gillian Bardsley (Gainsborough North), Coun Lewis Strange (Kelsey) and Coun Stuart Curtis (Sudbrooke).

Two benches in Marshall’s Yard have been dedicated to a pair of former West Lindsey district councillors.

Double sadness struck last year when Coun Christopher Underwood-Frost lost his long-term battle with cancer in October and then a few weeks later, in December, Coun William Parry also passed away.

Conservative Leader of West Lindsey District Council, Coun Jeff Summers, paid tribute to both men.

He said: “Both Chris and William were real gentlemen. Chris with his determination and courage to fight for what he believed in and William with his gentle patience and resolute nature.”

“They are both missed very much by their colleagues on the council.”

The Conservative Group on the Council wanted to ensure a memorial to the two councillors was in a public place.

It was agreed that benches close to the Guildhall would be a fitting location and following consultation with the families two benches were identified near Next and a form of wording agreed for the plaques.

Coun Giles McNeill, who was agent for both men in their recent election campaigns, said: “I cannot think of a better site, nor a more fitting tribute to William and Chris.”

“Both men were very different characters.”

“I had the enormous privilege of knowing both of them, helping them with their re-election campaigns in recent years.”

“We are diminished by their loss, but strengthened by their memory.”