John was a councillor for what is now part of the other Cllr Mckeown’s Hadfield South ward, for 20 years from 1983 to 2003, included 8 years as leader of High Peak Borough Council.
As a new councillor in 1999, the education and commitment from John, Andrew, John Francis, Richard Cooke and the many others in our group under John’s leadership has held me in good stead ever since.
My tribute as reported in this week’s Glossop Chronicle is as below :
tele”I’ve had the privilege of working with John, during his time as both a councillor and leader of High Peak Borough Council, and also during his many years of service in support of the Glossop Labour Club.John was committed and dedicated to his community and during his time as leader of the council, it made a real difference to the lives of local residents in the area.John had a deep commitment to everything he was involved with, and whilst he and the party had gone different ways in recent years his commitment to ideals of socialism and the want to help improve the lives of ordinary people was an inspiration to many and John’s loss will be felt deeply be all who know himMy condolences to Joy and the family at his untimely loss”.
A celebration of John’s life will take place at the Glossop Labour Club on Saturday 13th May.