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Mackinlay joins tribute to former mayor Reg
8:00am Sunday 10th March 2013 in News
COUNCILLORS have led tributes to former mayor and local Government stalwart Reg Lee.
Thurrock Council leader John Kent spoke of his fondness for the war veteran at the council’s meeting last week.
Mr Kent remembered him fondly. He said: “Reg was a character – always with a smile, always laughing.
“For those of us who went canvassing with Reg, his style on the doorstep was just telling voters how it was.”
Mr Kent also recalled stories he used to tell about his time in the forces.
“Reg came to Thurrock when he was demobbed from the Army. Those who did know him will know he had more war stories than Uncle Albert. He will be sadly missed.”
Irene Everett, who now lives in Ilford, remembered taking part in the first Aveley Carnival organised by Mr Lee.
She said: “I was fortunate enough to be chosen second place next to the Carnival Queen.
“Mr and Mrs Lee did everything possible to help us and the other princesses take part and enjoy the occasion. We were also presented with photographs which I still have.
“We knew how hard they worked for this very first Aveley Carnival which proved to be a great success.”
Andrew Mackinlay, who was MP for Thurrock for 18 years, pictured left, also paid his respects.
He added: “Reg Lee was a brave British soldier and was rightly proud of his wartime service.
“He was involved in some of the bitterest fighting in Northern Europe in 1944 and 1945. “He bore the scars and endured the memory of that conflict, and the very severe wounds he suffered in the Netherlands, during the the closing months of the Second World War. “Reg and his late wife Joan served Thurrock with great distinction during their mayoralty. “My party and the people of Thurrock owe him a debt of gratitude for his long service as a councillor in Aveley.
“He was a loyal and consistent supporter, and friend, to me during my period as an MP – in the good times and bad. For that kindness alone, I shall always be grateful to him.”
Mr Lee’s funeral service took place last Thursday (February 28) at West Thurrock Chapel.