A FORMER Mayor of Castle Morpeth Borough Council has died following a long illness.
Roger Errington, who was appointed to the role for the 1989/90 civic year, passed away peacefully aged 84 on Sunday, March 25.
He first became a councillor of the Morpeth Rural District Council in 1954 at the age of 26 and was greatly honoured to be Chairman in 1964. He later was a member of the Steering Committee for the amalgamation of the three authorities that made up Castle Morpeth Borough Council.
Mr Errington was a councillor, latterly for Longhorsley, for 42 years, always as an independent, in keeping with his character – independent views and an independent mind and always willing to listen to others.
On his retirement he felt very proud to be an Honorary Alderman from 1995.
He was High Sheriff of Northumberland in 1994, where again he enjoyed making a contribution to his county and the community.
He farmed at The Brocks Farm, Felton, from 1951 and was Chairman of the Morpeth Branch of the National Farmers Union in 1956. He was also Chairman and Director of T Crossling & Co. Ltd, Plumbers and Pipeline Merchants, of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Mr Errington had many interests and hobbies, including a private pilot’s licence and a great interest in cars – especially his Model T Ford, which was taken to many rallies. He was a member of the Newcastle Society of Antiquarians for 70 years and had a well-respected knowledge of antique furniture and paintings.
He was also a long-standing member of Beadnell Sailing Club, where he had been the Secretary and sailed for many years.
Mr Errington leaves his wife, Susan, his three children, Richard, Charles and Claire, and his seven grandchildren.