Statement from Middlesbrough Mayor Ray Mallon regarding the death of Sir Stuart Bell. He said:
“To say that I am shocked to learn of Sir Stuart’s death would be a considerable understatement, and my thoughts are with his wife Margaret and the whole family.
“I have known Stuart Bell for more than ten years, and I since I became elected Mayor we have supported one another through thick and thin.
“He has done a great deal for me personally and for the town as a whole, and it is common knowledge that I held him in the highest regard.
“He was extremely personable and knowledgeable, and I will not forget how much I enjoyed seeing and listening to him.”
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