Tributes following death of Honorary Alderman Michael Womphrey
Tributes have been paid following the death of former councillor Michael Womphrey.
Michael, 83, served for 28 years in local government in Stockton-on-Tees and was presented with Honorary Alderman status in 2015.
He represented the Billingham West Ward from 1987 to 2015.
During this time, Michael served on numerous committees including Audit, Planning, Environment and other scrutiny committees.
Leader of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Councillor Bob Cook, said: "Michael served the residents of Billingham West with such pride and distinction for close to three decades.
"He took a keen interest in all aspects of environmental and highways issues, from the day-to-day repairs of paths and roads in his ward to the installation of a pelican crossing next to The Swan Hotel on Wolviston Road.
"I remember he was fiercely committed to improving access for people with disabilities and he championed improvements like these with real vigour.
"Alongside his wife Mary, the council was fortunate to have two people so dedicated to public service. I send my condolences to Mary and all of Michael's family and friends, he will be sorely missed."
The family advise that Michael's cremation will take place in the Maplewood Chapel at Stockton Crematorium at 3pm on Tuesday 17 August, with those who knew him welcome to attend.