Tributes paid following death of county councillor

Tributes have been paid to Holywell councillor Bernard Pidcock MBE, who died at the weekend.


Cllr Pidcock, who represented Labour, had been on the county council since 2013. He had also served on Blyth Borough Council for 12 years and Seaton Valley Parish Council between 2009 and 2013.


Cllr Pidcock, 74, was currently serving on a number of county council committees including the Safeguarding and Corporate Parenting Group, the Family and Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee.


He was also Vice Chair (planning) of the Cramlington, Bedlington and Seaton Valley Local Area Council.


Under the previous administration Bernard was Chair of the Family and Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Chair of the Communities and Local Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee and Vice Chair of the Local Government Pension Scheme Local Pension Board.


He was also a member of a number of outside bodies including the Astley Park Management Committee, Community and Voluntary Action Blyth Valley and the Industrial Communities Alliance.


Councillor Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “It is with great sadness we learned of the death of Bernard Pidcock over the weekend.


“Bernard was an experienced and highly respected councillor who spoke passionately about the issues he believed in. He always put forward the views of those he represented and I know his death will have come as a big shock to the local community.


“He will be sorely missed and the thoughts of everyone at the county council are with his family and friends at this sad time.”

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