Tributes paid to ex TDC Councillor Mervyn Lane who has sadly passed away

Councillor Mervyn Lane

Mervyn Lane was one of the longest serving Councillor's at Torridge District Council and was in office between 1978 and 2003. He was also Leader of the Council and Chairman of the Council's Policy and Resources Committee and also served as Mayor of Bideford.

Councillor Jane Whittaker, Leader of Torridge District Council said: "I was really very sad to hear the news about  Mervyn. I never served as a Councillor during the years that he had such a significant role. But as the current Leader of the Council know just how much time and effort Mervyn will have committed to his long service at Torridge."

Councillor Simon Inch, the current Chair of Torridge District Council said: "This is sad news. Mervyn personally persuaded me to get involved in politics when I was still in my teens and so I had a lot of respect for him. He was also a considerate, passionate and hard working councillor  serving Devon County Council, Torridge and Bideford Town Council for many years. I send my condolences to his family at this time."

Councillor Margaret Brown, Ward Member for Torrington said: "I remember Mervyn as being a strong leader of Torridge District Council. He was a great supporter of Great Torrington and the local football team. My condolences to his family."

Councillor Peter Christie, Ward Member for Bideford North said: "It is true to say that Mervyn and I had our political differences but the one thing I remember above all else was his total and unswerving loyalty to Bideford and its people. If a thing would help the town he was always 100% behind it - the mark of a good local councillor."

Councillor Phil Pennington, Ward Member for Monkleigh & Littleham said: " Mervyn's time at TDC ended before mine began. The last time we spoke was in 2008, but my connection with him goes back some 30 years when we served together as Governors at Westcroft School, Mervyn was chair and there was disquiet about the quality of secondary education in Bideford at the time. I always felt Mervyn worked hard to give our youngsters a better learning experience and chances in life. Our children benefited from Mervyn's work and I am grateful to him for that. Thoughts are with the family.

Councillor Tony Inch, Ward Member for Bideford South said: "I am saddened of the news of Mervyn Lane's passing, I owe him a great debt as without his help I would not have become a Councillor. He will be remembered for being a very good Councillor who did so much for Bideford and Torridge, my thoughts go out to his family."

The flag at Riverbank House will be flying at half-mast as a mark of respect.

Picture shows Mervyn Lane in 1990 when he was Mayor of Bideford.

28 June 2018