Tribute to Councillor Nora Armstrong

Newark and Sherwood District Council’s flag is flying at half-mast following the death of senior councillor, Mrs Nora Armstrong. Mrs Armstrong, of Southwell, who died on Monday April 15.

She was first elected to serve on the Council in May 1991 and represented the Farnsfield ward and served with great distinction for 22 years as a councillor. She was a former Chairman of the Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the Mansfield Crematorium Joint Committee. Most recently she has been the cabinet member with responsibility for Clean and Green issues which include environmental health, parks and open spaces, transport and waste collection. She had a strong interest in community initiatives and ensured that support was available for sports and arts activities.

Her fellow-councillor for Farnsfield and Bilsthorpe, Cllr Bruce Laughton said: “She was one of the finest councillors I have ever known. She cared passionately about her electorate, irrespective of politics.”

“Nora helped me get elected after Cllr Eric Bust had unfortunately died. I took over from Eric, who was an independent, and I worked with Nora ever since. She delivered for all her constituents and it’s been an honour being a fellow-councillor in her area.”

Council officers were shocked and deeply saddened by the news. Chief Executive, Mr Andrew Muter, said: “Nora was so well-known to many staff in the organisation who really appreciated the interest she showed and the encouragement she gave. She really was an asset to the council and her community.”

Council Leader Councillor Roger Blaney paid tribute to her by saying “Nora was a wonderful person who will be sorely missed by political colleagues from all parties. Her loyalty, enthusiasm and commitment was evident throughout her time as a councillor and the quality of many of the core services of the council owes much to her sustained efforts over the years.”

“Nora always put others before herself and she will be greatly missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband Brian and family at this deeply sad time.”

There will be a cremation service at Mansfield Crematorium on May 7 and this will be followed by a service of thanksgiving for the life of Nora. Further details of the funeral arrangements will be made available when confirmed.

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