Tributes are being paid to Alderman and former Chairman, Michael Heseltine, who sadly passed away on December 30, aged 78, following a short illness.

Born and raised in Redcar, Michael read Medieval and Modern History at Birmingham University, before moving to the area in 1960 to pursue a teaching career at Scorton Grammar School, where he remained until its closure in 1991.

Having already served as a County Councillor for 14 years, Michael was elected as District Councillor for his local Scorton Ward in 1991 and worked tirelessly across a range of Committees, as well as being elected as Chairman of the Council twice – first in 2000, and then again in 2003. Michael made the difficult decision to retire from his district duties at the 2011 local elections, after 20 years of continuous service. Later that year the Council admitted Michael as an Honorary Alderman in recognition of the eminent services which he had rendered to the District of Richmondshire during the period that he was a Member.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Yvonne Peacock said “He was a great mentor when I first became a councillor and helped me hugely. We became good friends and remained so when he left the authority. He was an extremely good community councillor.”

Brompton on Swale and Scorton Ward Councillor, Ian Threlfall, added “He served his community impeccably and will be greatly missed.”

The flag at the District Council’s Mercury House headquarters will fly at half-mast until sunset on the day of the funeral.

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