Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Tributes to former Mayor

TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Mayor of Solihull who passed away last month.
The public service of Arthur Harper, who was a Fordbridge councillor for more than 15 years, was mentioned at last night's meeting of Full Council.
Mr Harper, who was first elected to represent the ward in 1986, also wore the borough's chains of office from 1999/2000. 
Away from local politics he had worked as a head porter at Heartlands Hospital and was described by his constituency party as being passionate about the NHS.
Chair of Solihull and Meriden Labour Party, Nick Stephens, said: "It was a privilege to know and work with Arthur who was a great servant to the Labour Party.
"Even when he was not reselected to fight Fordbridge ward in 2002 he was happy to help the party and stood as our candidate after this three times in Shirley. He was also a great family man and all who knew him will be very sad to hear of his death."
Mr Harper passed away on March 15 following a long illness. He was 81-years-old.
His funeral will be held at Woodlands Cemetery on Tuesday, April 17 (12noon). The service will be followed by a reception at The Onward Club, Chelmsley Wood.

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