The Duke of Northumberland has paid tribute to former councillor John Taylor who died on Wednesday.
John, 77, who represented the Longhoughton ward on Northumberland County Council, as well as being leader of the former Alnwick District Council and a parish councillor, passed away at home after a short illness.
A former farmer and estates manager John worked with the Duke on numerous occasions.
The Duke said: “John was a wise man with wide experience, many interests, a great sense of humour and a gentle but powerful presence.
“Many years ago, I worked with Daphne Harrison and John on the production of ‘Northumberland in Watercolour’, an artist and historian’s literary look on well and lesser known parts of our local heritage.
“The whole process was a hoot. John knew exactly what was going on in our county, in the past and present, and, with a twinkle in his eye and a fine grasp of English, he provided a wonderful commentary to compliment Daphne’s glorious watercolours of our landscape, wildlife and architectural heritage.
“As a major player in local politics, John worked hard to benefit our community and it was a privilege to work with him on various fronts. He was a true countryman, one of life’s few, natural gentlemen - and he will be sorely missed.”