Hundreds pay respects to former councillor

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Hundreds of people turned out to say farewell to former councillor John Taylor today.

Family, colleagues and friends filled St Paul’s Church, in Alnwick, for the service which was led by Father Phil Carroll.

Fellow councillors wore black corsages in tribute to the 77-year-old, who died on Wednesday, June 4 and the Duke of Northumberland was also in attendance.

Fr Carroll described John as wise, a gentleman and a country man and praised his work as the councillor for the Longhoughton ward, as well as his devotion to Northumberland.

Readings were given by his son-in-law Geoff Givens and friend Scott Smith while son-in-law Ray Smith read the poem Farewell my Friends.

The service also heard from St Michael’s Church’s Rev Paul Scott and Fr Des McGivens, former priest at St Paul’s.

A private cremation was held in Blyth following the service and mourners were invited to Alnwick Rugby Club afterwards for a reception.