Glowing tributes to former Mayor

David Adams
David Adams

A FORMER Mayor of Castle Morpeth and community stalwart has died after a long battle with ill health.

David Adams, who served as a councillor and committee member on many church and community groups in the Ponteland, Whalton, Meldon and Hartburn areas, has died at the age of 76.

Born in Gateshead, Mr Adams moved to Ponteland at a young age, where he went to school, but he left Northumberland on entering work when he became an apprentice at the General Electric Company in Birmingham.

However, he was not to stay away from the North East for long and later transferred to GEC’s offices in Consett.

He also worked for a time at British Steel, before joining haulage firm Steinberg’s, where he became Company Secretary.

Mr Adams always held a keen interest in politics and while in Birmingham he stood for the Conservatives in a predominantly Labour area. The chances of winning were minimal, but the experience must have been a formative one because on his return to Northumberland Mr Adams was elected to Castle Ward Rural District in 1973.

He came to represent his Ponteland ward when Castle Morpeth Borough Council was formed the following year and served as Mayor in 1979/80. He was also Chairman of the Planning Committee.

In 1981 Mr Adams married his wife Thelma and the couple moved to Meldon a year later.

Mr Adams put his financial expertise to good use, becoming Honorary Treasurer of Hartburn and Meldon Parochial Church Council. He took the same position at Whalton Village Hall, where he helped to oversee a major renovation project, including resolving problems when the original contractors went bankrupt.

Away from work, politics and finance, Mr Adams was a keen sportsman and in his younger days played cricket and rugby in Ponteland. He also enjoyed being a spectator and many a time would travel to Twickenham to watch the England rugby team.

His other love was fishing and his favourite holidays were angling ones on the west coast of Scotland.

He was also fond of nature and the countryside, and dogs, cats and birds were always welcome and cared for at the Old Station House, his much loved Meldon home.

For 10 years Mr Adams had been suffering from bronchiectasis, a long-term lung condition. Gradually his condition worsened and Mr Adams died in hospital on Friday, February 3.

His wife Thelma said: “David was quite a big man when he was well and he didn’t suffer fools gladly.

“He was a bit of a stickler for things, but he had a very generous side and loved all the animals and his home. We were really very happy.”

Former council colleague Dalton Hutchinson said: “David’s council work was outstanding, chairing many committee meetings and taking an active part when not in the chair.

“David was elected Mayor of Castle Morpeth Council in 1979/80 and his work and caring for the people of Castle Morpeth was non-stop during his year of office.

“He was keen to encourage sport and was often seen at bowls, cricket and dominoes matches, councillors versus staff, not forgetting his Riding of the Bounds in the year he was Mayor.

“David still found time to help voluntary bodies in Ponteland and the move to Meldon found him quickly helping the management committees of various bodies until sadly poor health forced him to give up the duties he enjoyed.

“David will be greatly missed in the area.”

Mr Adams’ funeral took place at St John’s Church, Meldon, on Monday, February 13.