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Former politician honoured for 52 years of service

Former Durham County Council Chairman Bill Firby with present chiarman Coun. John Robinson, at St. Cuthberts Hospice, in Durham, on Friday.

Former Durham County Council Chairman Bill Firby with present chiarman Coun. John Robinson, at St. Cuthberts Hospice, in Durham, on Friday.

GOLDEN oldie Bill Firby has been honoured for serving his community for half a century.

Bill, a former chairman for Durham County Council, represented his area for 52 consecutive years.

The 89-year-old ex-miner was presented with a commemorative tie and a set of cufflinks by current chairman John Robinson for his service to Durham.

He retired nine years ago on his 80th birthday after helping St Cuthbert’s Hospice take over the Merryoaks building it now occupies in Claypath.

Councillor Robinson was given a guided tour of the day hospice, where Bill receives care.

The hospice’s chief executive Paul Marriott said: “Bill is a popular figure here at the hospice and he’s done his bit for County Durham. We’re proud to be able to serve him.

“We all very much appreciate the visit to St Cuthbert’s by Coun Robinson. It is a wonderful gesture.”

Second World War veteran Bill – who has 57 grandchildren, great -grandchildren and great, great-grandchildren – gave Coun Robinson a St Cuthbert’s Hospice Midnight Walk T-shirt ahead of the charity event on Saturday.

 

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