Issued: September 10, 2017
Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing pays tribute to parish council chairman
PICTURE: A picture of councillor Cyril Hawkins can be downloaded HERE
Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing has expressed her "deep sadness" following the announcement of the death of councillor Cyril Hawkins, the chairman of North Weald Bassett Parish Council.
Mr Hawkins, who died on Thursday, had been parish council chairman continuously since 2006.
Mrs Laing said: "I was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the death of Mr Hawkins who has been a leading light on the parish council in North Weald - which includes the Thornwood Common area for which I am MP - for many years.
"In addition to his parish council work he has been a key figure in Thornwood Common, and in particular at the Parish Hall.
"Many people have already paid tribute to his work in the parish. I would like to echo those words and also express my sincere condolences to his wife, Shirley, who is known to many through her work at Epping Forest District Council."