West Lindsey's Liberal Democrats have been saddened by news that a popular district councillor passed away earlier this week.
Cllr. Melvyn 'Mel' Starkey, Liberal Democrat (Gainsborough East Ward), served as both a district and town councillor for many years. He was first elected to West Lindsey District Council in 1987 and previously had a career in local government within the authority.
He was extremely well known both for his job of being a postman for Royal Mail and also in his work as both a town and district councillor.
Deputy Leader of the West Lindsey Liberal Democrat Group said:
"We have all be so saddened to hear of the untimely and sudden death of Mel Starkey. In his passing West Lindsey has lost a very able servant of the people and the council.
"Always a Liberal Democrat, he wasn’t one to wear his politics on his sleeve and was well respected by all members in the chamber across the political divide.
"Mel leaves a family of whom he was justly proud and our thoughts are very much with them. We will all miss him and his ready wit and style of being a councillor."