TRIBUTES have been paid to a former town councillor who served Chilton for 31-years and who was a friend of former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Glenda Attwood, of The Poplars, Chilton, died suddenly in hospital on Thursday, June 12.

A member of the Sedgefield Constituency Labour Party she met former Sedgefield MP Tony Blair at political events.

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The Labour councillor joined Chilton Town Council in 1982 and held the role until May 2013 when she retired to spend time with her husband, Tom, who was ill.

Paul Gray, Chilton town clerk, said “I was saddened to learn at the passing of Glenda.

“It was a pleasure to work with her when she was a councillor. She was extremely passionate about politics and dedicated and committed to Chilton. She was not afraid to speak her mind.”

He said that Mrs Attwood was well respected within the community. He added that the town council extended its sympathies to her husband Tom and children Thomas, Scott and Tracey.

While upon the town council Mrs Attwood was an active member of the Christmas lights committee and the human resources committee.

Chilton Mayor, Elizabeth Bruce, said: “I have known Glenda for many years.

“She will be sadly missed by the members, officers and the wider community. Our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time.”

Phil Wilson, MP for Sedgefield, said: “Glenda was a friend of Tony Blair and a friend of mine. She was passionate about Chilton and will be sadly missed by all who knew her.”

Durham county councillor for Chilton, Christine Potts, said Mrs Attwood was a true friend whose loyalty and support would be remembered.