TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Mayor of Amber Valley who has died following illness.
Councillor Mel Hall died at the Royal Derby Hospital on Sunday, March 4, aged 73.
Born Albert Melvyn Hall, he was know as Mel and served as a borough councillor for Kilburn, Denby and Holbrook since 2000 and parish councillor for Holbrook since 1999. He also held Cabinet Member posts responsible for personnel. Mel served as Mayor of Amber Valley from 2005-2006 supporting the Rainbows Hospice and Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre charities. Council leader councillor Stuart Bradford said: “Mel was a lovely man in the most literal way possible - a true Lancastrian gentleman with whom I was pleased and privileged to be associated with. He will be sadly missed.”
Parish clerk for Holbrook, Glennys Briggs, said: “He was a quiet and unassuming man who was always very supportive with the Parish Council and I will miss him.”
He was also a long-standing member and President of the Amber Valley Conservative Association.
Nigel Mills, Amber Valley MP, said: “Mel was a true gentleman and a great servant of his local community. I had the pleasure of working with Mel for ten years and greatly valued his wise counsel and knowledge. He was a dedicated councillor and a very able cabinet member, and he will be greatly missed. My sympathies are with Mel’s wife Margaret and his family at this difficult time.”