Council leader pays tribute to ‘iconic figure’ Alec Bovill
THE leader of North East Lincolnshire Council has paid tribute to predecessor Alec Bovill, who he described as "iconic" and "always good-humoured".
Councillor Chris Shaw (Lab, Sidney Sussex), paid tribute to former Labour leader Alec Bovill, who led the party for 16 years between 1979 and 1994.
He passed away on June 4, aged 79, and his funeral was held on Thursday at Grimsby Minster.
As reported, hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of Mr Bovill, who was described as "Mr Grimsby" because of his passion for the town, including MPs Austin Mitchell and Martin Vickers, as well as a host of local politicians.
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Current leader Mr Shaw said that his death is "a sad loss to Grimsby".
Mr Shaw had known Mr Bovill for nearly ten years, and said that he often discussed things with his predecessor and admired his approach.
"Whether he agreed with you or not, he would always let his opinion be known but he always did it in such a good-humoured way.
"He made my laugh the very first time I met him.
"I had appeared in the Grimsby Telegraph quite frequently at the time, with stories relating to the Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway.
"Mr Bovill said to me 'young man, you need to realise that the Telegraph is not there for your convenience'.
"Then he said 'it is there for mine'.
"That was a great example of how he always put people at ease with jokes.
"He was also a huge promoter of the town and would shout from the rooftops about it at any chance he got – and all credit to him for it.
"Mr Bovill was a great councillor and an iconic figure for Grimsby who will be sorely missed by the town."