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Tributes paid to Durham County Council Chair

Published February 27, 2023 4.12pm

Tributes have been paid to Cllr Beaty Bainbridge, Chair of Durham County Council, who passed away this morning (Monday 27 February).

Cllr Bainbridge was elected as Chair of the authority in May last year but had served as a councillor since 2008, most recently representing the Chester-le-Street East division.

A former pupil of Chester-le-Street Secondary Modern School, Cllr Bainbridge had worked as a shop assistant and health and safety officer. She also owned her own business, Homespun Wool and Baby Clothes and served as a school governor.

A keen seamstress, she also enjoyed cooking, gardening and spending time with her family.

Serving her community

Cllr Joan Nicholson, vice chair of Durham County Council, said: "We are deeply saddened at the loss of Beaty and would like to share our sincerest condolences with her family, friends, and loved ones.

"Beaty was incredibly kind and caring and showed great dedication to her role as a councillor, serving her community for 15 years. As Chair, she loved having the opportunity to meet residents from across the county and get to know them.

"I'm sure her loss will be felt greatly across the area, but we will always remember her for her warmth, generosity and devotion to County Durham."

Cllr Bainbridge is survived by her husband Allan, her son and daughter, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Book of condolences

As a mark of respect, flags at County Hall and council offices across the county are now flying at half-mast.

A book of condolence is available for people to sign in the Durham Room at County Hall.