Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 10°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Town Hall funeral for veteran Colchester councillor and former mayor

The coffin of Martin Hunt, former Colchester mayor, honorary alderman, council leader and sports journalist is carried into the Town Hall.

The coffin of Martin Hunt, former Colchester mayor, honorary alderman, council leader and sports journalist is carried into the Town Hall.

Tributes have been paid to a former Colchester mayor and council veteran from across all sides of the chamber.

Martin Hunt during an election count.Martin Hunt during an election count.

A civic funeral was held today for Martin Hunt, who served as a Liberal Democrat on Colchester Borough Council for more than 25 years died on December 24 after losing his battle with cancer.

Mr Hunt, a former sports journalist, was first elected to the council in the Prettygate seat in 1983 where he was ward councillor for 17 years, becoming mayor in 1999.

He also served as deputy leader for six years before becoming leader in May 2014, and stepped down in last May’s elections. Mr Hunt, 67, was made an alderman for his long service on the council.

His funeral service was held in the Moot Hall within Colchester’s Town Hall, a fitting place for the ceremony, with hundreds of people turning out to pay their respects.

A procession for the funeral of former Colchester mayor, honorary alderman, council leader and sports journalist Martin Hunt enters the Moot Hall in Colchester Town Hall.A procession for the funeral of former Colchester mayor, honorary alderman, council leader and sports journalist Martin Hunt enters the Moot Hall in Colchester Town Hall.

One of his daughters Laura Hunt, speaking on behalf of the family, said: “He will be remembered as the best husband, father and grandpa, and the kindest person we have ever known.

“The town hall holds so many special family memories for us and to see it filled with such love and respect for Dad was incredibly touching. He’d have felt totally undeserving but absolutely chuffed.

“The team worked so hard to create such a wonderful tribute.

“It is just impossible to pick one memory. I enjoyed every day I spent with him completely honestly.

A procession for the funeral of former Colchester mayor, honorary alderman, council leader and sports journalist Martin Hunt enters the Moot Hall in Colchester Town Hall.A procession for the funeral of former Colchester mayor, honorary alderman, council leader and sports journalist Martin Hunt enters the Moot Hall in Colchester Town Hall.

“He will remain my favourite person forever and I’ll miss him all my life. But I’ll never stop feeling so lucky to have had a Father like him.”

Paul Smith, Liberal Democrat borough council leader, said: “It was particularly poignant for me because I was first elected to the council in the year Martin became mayor, and the first thing I did was vote for him for the position.

“I can still remember as a young councillor how helpful he was in guiding me and suggesting I might do things in a slightly different way to get a better result.

“He was a very strong performer in the council chamber and also got a lot done in the borough.”

Will Quince, Colchester MP and former Conservative group leader on the borough council, said: “The biggest thing I am going to miss about Martin is the chats we had.

“He was a wise man and he would say what he thought, and it is really rare for a politician to be admired and respected by everyone across the political spectrum.

“When he spoke, regardless of whether you agreed with him or not, you listened. That is the sign of not just a local politician, but a community politician, which is probably the best way of describing him.

“The town is a far better place with him having played an active role on the council.”

Tim Young, Labour group leader on the borough council, added: “It is sad and devastating for the family, and we will all miss him greatly.

“Martin was a great character, easy to work with, and an honourable, principled and caring man – the sort of local politician the rest of us should aspire to be like.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Police respond to a reported stabbing at Ipswich hospital.

Two men have been stabbed in Ipswich today – and unconfirmed reports from sources suggest both have died.

A man in a white T-shirt and dark bottoms, with short hair, at 3.21am in Cornhill Walk. Image 1.

Police are releasing CCTV images of potential witnesses as work continues to trace missing Corrie McKeague.

Shoppers queue at Whitehouse ASDA to see the Coca-Cola Christmas Truck in Ipswich.

For many it signals the start to the Christmas holidays – and today the festivities started for those people when the Coca-Cola truck rolled into town.

Essex Police officers are doing door to door enquiries. Library image.

Essex crime victims are the least satisfied with the police in the country.

A tunnel of red. Photo by Andy Bloomfield

Through our iwitness24 site, readers are able to share their photos of Suffolk’s top beauty spots, of landmarks and of some of our amazing wildlife in action.

The Dijksgracht, the largest vessel ever to call at the Port of Ipswich, passes under the Orwell Bridge.

The largest ever ship to call at the Port of Ipswich has passed under the Orwell Bridge – with less than half a metre to spare.

County Councillor Helen Armitage.

A proposal to offer some children “short breaks” away from their families as an alternative to being put into care has received unanimous backing from the county council.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24