Tributes to well-liked and much-respected councillor from Brandon

Cllr David Bimson, who died last week, pictured at last year's election count in Newmarket

Cllr David Bimson, who died last week, pictured at last year's election count in Newmarket

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Tributes have been paid to a ‘well-liked’ man and former chairman of Forest Heath District Council who died last Wednesday.

Cllr David Bimson, who represented the Brandon West ward, stepped down from the Mildenhall-based authority earlier this month due to ill health.

Council leader Cllr James Waters said: “David was a good, hard working, well-liked man and councillor.

“We have all lost a friend,” he added. “He will be sorely missed and our sympathies are with his family.”

David, a widower who is thought to have had two sons, also served as chairman of Brandon Town Council and was a trustee of Relate Norfolk and Suffolk, Breckland Brass Band, Brandon Heritage Centre and Brandon Poor’s Estate.

Cllr Reg Silvester, vice-chairman of the town council, said David worked hard for Brandon and was ‘very well respected’.

“He was very gentle, very quiet and a really decent man, a gentleman you might say,” he added.

Liz Farrow, general manager of Relate Norfolk and Suffolk, which welcomed David as a trustee in 2011, said: “He made a very valuable contribution to our board, bringing knowledge of IT, resource management and district council politics. He was a lovely, caring and helpful man. He will be much missed by us.”

Dorothy Pocock, former secretary of the Heritage Centre, said he helped set it up and was a ‘very hard working, dedicated and valuable member’.

Dave Goodwin, conductor of Breckland Brass Band, described him as a ‘terrific fellow and a terrific friend’.

He said David had always been ‘so supportive’ of the band, attending all of their concerts, and was known for running a photography club in Brandon and for giving talks on the subject.

“He was so very much involved in the life and soul of Brandon,” said Mr Goodwin. “He was one of the nicest blokes you could meet.”

It is understood the funeral will be held in Brandon on March 4, but further details are not yet known.