Tribute to councillor Ian Kirk

“Newmarket Town Council is extremely shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden death over the weekend of Councillor Ian Kirk. Ian only joined the council in October but in those few months he proved himself to be intelligent, reasoned, honest and committed, in addition to being a genuinely nice man. Our sincerest condolences go out to Ian’s family.

Most recently Cllr Kirk was one of the first to volunteer in support of Newmarket Town Council’s Community Helpline set up just as the country was going into lockdown with the Coronavirus pandemic. After a short period of time he became a co-ordinator dealing with the help requested from the calls received each day, setting up a rota, developing protocols, working closely with the whole team and attending regular steering group meetings. His commitment, professionalism and measured approach will be missed. In a recent Facebook post, he stated ‘Newmarket’s response to the Coronavirus has been exceptional and it is one of the proudest things in my life to be associated with’.

Town Mayor Rachel Hood said: ‘We are all deeply shocked by the tragic and sudden loss of Councillor Kirk who had quickly made a valuable contribution to the work of the Town Council and the community. His work on the helpline has also been exemplary. He will be much missed by us all.’

The flag outside the Memorial Hall has been lowered to half-mast as a token of respect for him.”

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