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Tribute paid to long-serving Halton politician
A MUCH-RESPECTED Mayor and honorary freeman John Collins sadly died on Monday morning.
He enjoyed a long career in local politics, first becoming a councillor in 1945.
Former Deputy Lieutenant for Cheshire, Mr Collins was a district, borough and county councillor, serving as Mayor of Widnes from1961-62, and chairman of Cheshire County Council.
Mr Collins, from Shelley Road, Widnes, was the first leader of Widnes Council and the first leader of Halton Council folliowing local government re-organisation.
Halton Council leader, Clr Rob Polhill paid tribute to him, saying: “It was with great sadness that we learned of John’s death. He was a remarkable man who worked tirelessly for the good of the people he served and for the future of the borough.
“He was a man of great intelligence who could always impart words of wisdom when needed and was an invaluable source of information and advice to colleagues and friends.
“John held many responsible positions during his political career and did an outstanding job in every one of them. He became an Honorary Freeman in 1973 in recognition of his many achievements.
“He will be sorely missed by all of us who knew him, and our thoughts are with his wife Rona and all John’s family at this very sad time.”
He was Mayor when the Silver Jubilee bridge was opened by Princess Alexandra.
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