THE family and friends of a Brandon stalwart who died last week have paid tribute to a man who ‘worked his socks off’ for the town.
Cyril Brown, 72, fought to improve the Flowerpot youth centre, introduce a skate car park and introduced Team Crash during his time as a town and district councillor and chairman of the Brandon Communities Partnership.
Mr Brown died last week after a short battle with illness and his wife, Pam, was able to reel off a string of projects in which he had played a crucial role.
“What Cyril loved was the big project. The skate park, which was an early election promise, the conservation improvements to the High Street, the art in shop windows, and the street events.
“His favourite and hardest worked for project was the Healthy Living Centre; he was enormously disappointed when Suffolk County Council appeared to shelve it at the eleventh hour.
“He was though, entirely without malice or resentment and continued to hope that one day that important project would be realised – let’s hope so.
“There were many who disagreed with Cyril but I am proud to say that I never met anyone who didn’t like him. He was, essentially, a thoroughly good man,” she said.
Conservative councillor Bill Bishop, who served with Mr Brown on Forest Heath District Council when he was first elected as a Labour candidate in 1995, said that although the pair did not always agree, they became good friends.
“I was chairman, he was in charge of Brandon Communities Partnership and he worked his socks off for Brandon – he got all sorts of things for the town.
“He wasn’t big in stature, but big in heart and even though I can remember us having some battles down the years, he was a really good mate,” he said.
Mr Brown lived in West Suffolk with his family for nearly 40 years.