Well known and popular Barrowford Conservative Councillor Tony Beckett has stood down from Pendle Council, after suffering ill health.
It was hoped he would have been able to continue as a councillor, after suffering a brain aneurism last year, but his recovery is taking longer than expected.
Coun. Beckett was due for election in May, 2016. The vacancy on the council will now be filled on May 7th, the same day as the local and general elections.
Coun. Beckett was elected to Pendle Council to represent the Barrowford Ward in May, 2000.
He had previously represented Marsden Ward, Nelson, when he lived in Walton Lane in the town.
He served as Mayor of Pendle in 2010-11, with his wife Margaret serving as Mayoress. He served as a local magistrate, was an active Rotarian, Nelson’s award-winning Town Crier and did a huge amount of work for local charities.
In April Tony celebrated his birthday in Burnley General Hospital, where he is still undergoing intensive rehabilitation, with friends and family. Barrowford Councillor Linda Crossley, County Coun. Christian Wakeford and Conservative Parliamentary Candidate Andrew Stephenson were there and Andrew presented Tony with a framed letter from the Prime Minister.
Fellow Barrowford councillor Linda Crossley said: “Tony was an excellent councillor for Barrowford, he really cared for the village and people he had been elected to represent. It has been a great pleasure working with him and he will be very much missed. I hope he soon recovers and wish him all the very best for the future.”
Pendle’s Conservative Parliamentary Candidate Andrew Stephenson said: “Tony has been a fantastic friend and mentor to me over the last nine years. His service to the local community over decades was incredible and I’m very sorry he has had to step down from the council.”