A FAMILY have been touched by a tribute to a late councillor who worked tirelessly to change attitudes to health.
Former Labour councillor and miner Colin Reynolds died in May at the age of 71.
During his life he joined the campaign to improve the lives of his fellow Horden residents, as well as across the towns and villages of East Durham, leading him to become an alderman.
Now, his family have been presented with a gift to honour his memory.
His son Colin and wife of 50 years Norma have been given a Lindisfarne St Benedict crystal bowl on behalf of the trustees of the B12 Deficiency Support Group.
Colin senior had been chairman of the charity, which aims to raise awareness of the condition and improve diagnosis.
The North East has been identified as an area where it is common place, with people suffering from a host of symptoms, including depression, fatigue, pain and auto-immune conditions including lupus.
Easington MP Grahame Morris, who is president of the group and helped lead the presentation at Shinwell Medical Centre, where the charity is based.
He said: “Colin was a stalwart representative and defender of his community of Horden.
“He treasured his family and his deep roots in the community.
“Colin was never afraid to take on the establishment in the cause of social justice and a fair deal for ordinary people as chairman and cabinet member for housing during some very challenging times with acute housing shortages.”
A spokesman for the group, which is supported by Dr Joseph Chandy, added a tribute to Mr Reynolds: “He’s done some excellent work in promoting this therapy and support patients.
“It is impossible to know how far we would have got without Colin – we’re thankful that he lived to see it blossom.
“Colin has done so much for others, and we’re all eternally grateful.
“We will now carry on his tradition and serve the people of Horden and surrounding districts with energy and a touch of his irrepressible humour.”