Tributes paid to popular councillor

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a councillor who has died.

Liberal Democrat Barbara Sloan died at her home in Buckingham Road, Peterlee, on Friday, after a short illness.

The 75-year-old married mother-of-two represented the Peterlee West ward on Durham County Council, and had previously served on Easington District Council for the Acre Rigg area.

Coun Sloan, along with Coun Ralph Liddle, were the only members of their party to be elected in East Durham in the last election in 2008.

Coun Liddle said: “She was really down to earth and there for anybody.

“When they made her, they broke the mould.

“She will be a big loss to her family first and foremost, but I will miss her as a colleague.

“I knew Babs for about 25 years and it’s a real shock she’s gone.”