Rothbury Parish Council: Memorial to remember long-serving councillor

A LONG-SERVING parish councillor who died last year is to be honoured with a special memorial.

Tony Sandford was a pivotal member of the Rothbury community but died last year after a series of strokes.

He served on the parish council as well as Alnwick District Council and also set up Rothbury and Coquetdale Youth Project more than 15 years ago.

And it is with the youth project that a memorial is to be made.

Because of Mr Sandford’s efforts for young people in Coquetdale, a special picture and plaque remembering him are to be put up at the youth drop-in.

An award for the most outstanding youngster in the area is also to be made, in Mr Sandford’s name.

However, the parish council also wants to create a lasting legacy of the former Tyne Tees producer.

Coun Morton said: “Tony did so much with the music festival, liaising with the NHS, the youth project, the bridge, buses and more and I just think that there should be something more public.

“I think it would be nice to have a simple board with his name on, posthumously making him a Freeman of Rothbury.

“The board could be big enough to add more names and it could be put up somewhere like the Jubilee Hall or the Parish Hall where people can see it.”

Coun Bridgett told the meeting that parish councils have the power to award the title of honorary Freeman to anyone they wish, and it can be done after someone has died.

Chairman, Coun Jeff Reynalds asked for details about Freemen to be made available and decided next month.