Former councillor dies

THE funeral of a former councillor and honorary alderman will take place tomorrow (Fri).

Ella Nicholls, who was a key member of the co-operative and Labour parties in the area, died earlier this month.

She moved to Weston in the 1940s, was a councillor for the South Ward area of Weston from 1961-1986 and was awarded the National Merit Award by Tony Blair.

Although she was put forward by others to be mayor of Weston on a number of occasions, she declined the offer. In September 2003 she became an honorary alderman for her services to the former authorities that now make up North Somerset.

A former governor of Bournville school, Mrs Nicholls was also a member of the Community Health Council and worked hard to help secure the new hospital for Weston.

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She was fond of ballroom dancing and arranged weekly tea dances at Bournville Community Centre.

Her son Peter said: “She also greatly enjoyed her adopted family of two grandchildren and four great grandchildren.”

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