Funeral takes place of controversial councillor

TRIBUTE ...council leader Iain Malcolm said he first knew David Potts as a 'bright, earnest, determined young man'.
TRIBUTE ...council leader Iain Malcolm said he first knew David Potts as a 'bright, earnest, determined young man'.
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A FOND farewell was bid to charismatic politician David Potts.

Family, friends, colleagues and political foes packed the Independent Methodist Church in Boldon Colliery to celebrate the life of the councillor, who represented the Cleadon and East Boldon ward for UKIP.

The late politician’s devotion to his family was at the heart the service, led by Leonard Ogilvie.

Labour leader of South Tyneside Council, Coun Iain Malcolm, called him a man once “destined for a Parliamentary career.”

Despite their political differences the two were good friends, and Coun Malcolm visited him in hospital in the weeks leading up to his death from alcoholism at the age of 30.

Coun Malcolm said: “He was typically Pottsy. Irreverent and full of humour, even as he faced his final hours.”

After a service at South Shields Crematorium, well-wishers were invited to the Red Lion pub in East Boldon to toast his life.