Tributes have been paid to Lynemouth councillor Milburn Douglas, who died at the weekend.
Cllr Douglas, who represented Labour, had been on the county council since 2008. He also served on Castle Morpeth Borough Council for more than 20 years between 1986 and 2008 and was Mayor there twice in 2005/2006 and 2007/2008.
Cllr Douglas, 76, served on a number of county council committees including the economic growth and strategic transport committee and the planning committee, of which he was Chair.
He was also a member of a number of outside bodies including the Linton and Lynemouth Welfare Management Committees and the North East Regional Employers’ Organisation (NEREO).
Councillor Grant Davey, leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “It is with great sadness we learned of the death of Milburn Douglas over the weekend.
“Milburn was an experienced and highly respected councillor who always put forward the views of the communities he represented – whether at a borough or later a county level.
“He will be sorely missed and the thoughts of everyone at the county council are with his family and friends at this sad time.”
Civic Head Councillor Alan Sambrook added: “The best thing I can say about Milburn is that he was a real ‘people person’.
“From the first time I met him he has been one of the most genuine people you could hope to meet and he will be sadly missed by all of us.”