Tributes as ex-mayor of South Tyneside dies, aged 90

'REMEMBERED WITH RESPECT' ... former Mayor of South Tyneside Jim Harper.
'REMEMBERED WITH RESPECT' ... former Mayor of South Tyneside Jim Harper.

A FORMER Mayor of South Tyneside has died at the age of 90.

Jim Harper was chosen to hold the position of first citizen of the borough between 1991 and 1992.

It was during his time as councillor for West Park that he was put forward for the role.

His mayoress was his daughter Joan.

Mr Harper, who lived in South Shields, arrived on the political scene as a councillor for the ward in 1988 and served his constituents until 1995.

During the 1996 elections he stood as a Labour candidate for the All Saints ward, which he won.

He held the seat until 2004.

During his time he held the position of lead member for regeneration and lead member for environment.

Mr Harper died on January 6.

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Fay Cunningham said: “We are saddened by the loss of former councillor Jim Harper. He was a valued member of South Tyneside Council for many years and was committed to serving his local community.

“He will be remembered with great respect.

“I personally worked very closely with Jim and his daughter Joan when they were Mayor and Mayoress and I remember Jim with great affection and pride.

“Our thoughts are with Jim’s family and friends at this very sad time.”

A funeral service will be held on Thursday at South Shields Crematorium at 9.30am.

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