Tributes for Backwell councillor

TRIBUTES have been paid to the chairman of Backwell Parish Council who died on Sunday following an illness.

Colin Pope was elected as chairman of the council in 2003 and remained in that position for the past eight years.

The former policeman was a popular figure in Backwell and worked hard for the benefit of the village and its residents.

In tribute to Colin, whose wife Shirley is also a parish councillor, a statement from the parish council said: “He was a very active and conscientious chairman, who gave unsparingly of his time to the interests and future of Backwell.

“Colin was particularly robust and courageous in dealing unflinchingly with difficult issues, and embraced his responsibility as chairman

“He also found time to become involved in other aspects of the local community and was involved in the running of the parish hall for many years.

“His commitment, energy, and devotion to the local community were invaluable.

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“Colin will be very sadly missed and the council wishes to offer their deepest sympathy to his wife, councillor Shirley Pope, at this time.”

North Somerset councillor for Backwell Karen Barclay said: “Colin was both a colleague and a friend. I valued and will very much miss his support, common sense and dedication in his role as chairman of the parish council. He will be greatly missed within the community. ”

Colin, who died aged 68, retired from the Avon and Somerset police force after many years of experience led him to the position of chief superintendent.

He and his wife Shirley travelled to Bahrain, where he worked as a senior police commander, before they then returned to Backwell and became parish councillors.

Funeral arrangements for Colin are yet to be confirmed.

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