Tributes to ex-councillor Janet Hill

TRIBUTES have been paid to former Scarborough and North Yorkshire county councillor Janet Hill, who died aged 78.

Mrs Hill, of Scalby, was a Labour councillor representing Northstead for Scarborough Council from 1991 for eight years and the county council from 1989 for 12 years.

Her funeral was held at Woodlands Crematorium.

Born in Scarborough, Mrs Hill attended the old Central School and Scarborough Girls High School.

She left the town to train as a nurse but later took a teacher training course as a mature student.

For 14 years, Mrs Hill taught history and English at secondary schools in the Midlands.

During her teaching career she was a representative of the National Union of Teachers on the union's local committee and a member of the Teachers Consultative Committee.

When she moved back to Scarborough in 1983, she was actively involved in local Labour Party politics.

Mrs Hill was the secretary of Scarborough Constituency Labour Party and the party's Scarborough North Branch.

She enjoyed playing bridge and belonged to several art clubs.

Mrs Hill leaves her daughters Fiona Evans and Valerie Micallef as well as five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Mrs Evans, of Scholes Park Road, said: "She was a very strong-minded lady. She's always been there for us and her grandchildren especially.

"She always found a way to do whatever she wanted to do. People came from other wards because they had heard about her. I know that someone from Eastfield who got in touch with my mum for help."

Ken Hull, former Scarborough and county councillor for Eastfield and close friend, added: "She was a very good constituent councillor. I know that people came to her with problems as a councillor and she was very diligent in dealing with them. She was widely respected by people in Northstead.

"In meetings at County Hall she was excellent and took her responsibilities for her committees very seriously and made very good contributions, especially as a spokesperson for Labour on the fire and rescue committee where she made some very valuable suggestions and comments."

Cllr David Billing, who represents central ward, added: "She was a campaigner particularly on environmental issues.

"She had a determination to pursue things to the end irrespective of the pressures put on her. She was her own person."