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Tributes paid following death of deputy mayor
TRIBUTES have been paid to the deputy mayor of Shildon following her death from pneumonia.
Councillor Theda Bannister, 75, who was elected on to Shildon Town Council five years ago, died on October 9.
A Labour party member, she worked as the deputy manager of Shildon Civic Hall for 34 years before she retired from her post in 2008.
Coun Bannister then joined the town council with Coun Henry Nicholson in a by-election in December 2008.
She then spent the next five years helping people in Shildon on the Sunnydale ward.
Councillor Peter Quinn, mayor of Shildon, said: “This has come as a massive shock and I still can’t believe it.
“She was a good councillor for Shildon and she was a good branch member for Labour. Lots of people in Shildon will know her from the Civic Hall.”
Coun Nicholson said: “She will be a great miss to the people of Shildon. She was great friend and colleague to me.
“It was an honour and a privilege to stand for election with Coun Bannister. We faced great odds and it was through Coun Bannister’s determination that we won.”
Coun Bannister leaves sons Neil and Paul and daughters Lisa and Claire plus grandchildren Sophie and Hannah.
Her funeral is at St John’s Church, Shildon, on Friday (October 18) at 2pm followed by burial in Shildon Cemetery.
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