Church service to remember ‘colourful’ councillor killed by alcohol

Councillor David Potts
Councillor David Potts
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THE colourful life of a tragic politician will be remembered on Wednesday.

Rivals from across the Town Hall political spectrum will come together to pay tribute to Councillor David Potts, after his death at the age of just 30.

And those attending have been told there is no need to wear black for the occasion, which will be more of a celebration of Coun Potts’s life.

The UKIP councillor for Cleadon and East Boldon died last Sunday, having been ill for some time as he fought a well-documented battle against alcoholism.

Family and friends have been asked to gather at the Independent Methodist Church in North Road, Boldon Colliery, at 1.30pm on Wednesday for a service, followed by a cremation at South Shields Crematorium.

A funeral notice for Coun Potts read: “David wished this to be a celebration of his short, but eventful, life, so wearing black will not be necessary.”

Donations to Marie Curie will also be accepted at the service.

Coun Potts had been ill for some time and had only recently been allowed home from Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital, where he was being treated for cirrhosis of the liver before his death.

Tributes to Coun Potts came from South Tyneside Council leader Coun Iain Malcolm, who described him as “an immensely talented and highly-educated young man who seemed destined for a Westminister career”.

Coun Jeff Milburn, the conservative ward member for Cleadon and East Boldon, added: “David was an astute, charismatic and intelligent young man, who led a colourful political career.”