TRIBUTE: Truly devoted councillor

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The south east corner of Northumberland is a far poorer place since the death of Coun Milburn Douglas.

Dougie was sometimes my political friend and frequently my political enemy, and confusingly on occasion, my political enemy and friend at the same time. This certainly made our lives interesting.

The citizens whom he served were fortunate indeed because he was always absolutely dedicated in fighting their battle as best he could, and whilst he could not always win, it was never due to a lack of determination on his part.

If all our councillors were as determined advocates as Milburn Douglas was, they may find themselves held in better regard.

Nowhere was Dougie more highly regarded than in his two terms in the office of Mayor of Castle Morpeth, which he and Anne were very committed to. And didn’t they do well?

I hope that the powers that be will consider naming a street, building or school after Milburn Douglas because his long-standing public service deserves formal public recognition.

Arnold Baker

Ashington