North Kesteven District Council has paid tribute to former council leader Marion Brighton, who has died at the age of 88.
First elected in 1973 in order to shape the emerging authority which came into existence the following year, she devoted more than half her life to the service of local residents and businesses and the enhancement of efficient and effective council operations and facilities.
A district councillor for 44 years, she led the council for 16 years and was twice chairman. She was a firm believer in local government and its potential to make a positive impact in local communities.
Mrs Brighton was particularly passionate about arts and culture and economic development, encouraging and supporting investments in these areas at a time when other authorities were cutting back. She was awarded an OBE for services to tourism.
Her commitment to Washingborough, where she served as a parish councillor for 44 years, and her long career in local government was recognised in 2016 through a national award for outstanding achievement.
Marion Brighton stood down from her position as leader in March 2017 due to ill health. Councillor Richard Wright took over the role.
Councillor Richard Wright, Leader, said: “Marion’s dedication to local government was remarkable and she made an impact that will no doubt be felt for many years.
“We were saddened to hear of her passing and our thoughts go out to her family at this time.”