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Former South Kesteven District Council leader Linda Neal has died

Tributes have been paid to a former leader of South Kesteven District Council.

Linda Neal served as leader of SKDC for 13 years and represented the Bourne West ward for 20 years before she stepped down in 2015.

She died on Monday.

Linda Neal (21015294)
Linda Neal (21015294)

Bourne Town Council held a minute's silence for Mrs Neal ahead of its meeting last night.

Town clerk Ian Sismey said: "We are incredibly sorry for the loss to Linda's family and the community. She lived in Bourne and did a lot for the town."

Linda was educated at Bourne Grammar School before training in accountancy and gaining legal executive qualifications.

She was married to Chris and they had a daughter.

Linda served as a school governor at Bourne Westfield Primary Academy and in her spare time loved gardening and walking in the countryside.

She was also involved with a Bourne group that provided shipping containers full of aid to Latvia and Estonia and had visited those countries to meet aid workers.

She was an enthusiastic ambassador for the area and her proudest moments included SKDC’s participation in the 2012 Olympic torch relays and helping to create the first Gravity Fields Festival in Grantham to celebrate the work of Sir Isaac Newton.

Leader of SKDC Councillor Kelham Cooke, said: “Linda was leader of the council during my first four years as a councillor. She was dedicated, kind and generous in sharing her knowledge and experience.

"Her commitment to this council, its staff and members, and to the residents of South Kesteven earned her much-deserved respect, as well as many friends.

“I am sure there are many people who would want to join me in sending my condolences to Linda’s family. She will be missed.”

Linda supported the Grantham and Stamford Conservatives Association.

Vice president Philip Sagar said: "Linda was a loyal and hard working supporter of the association for many years.

"I'm very sad, as will all the other members of the Conservative association be, to hear of her passing.

"She was determined - she knew what she wanted and how she wanted to do it. It didn't make her popular with everyone but never the less, she was a strong leader.

"To spend 20 years as a councillor demonstrated her long service to the community and the commitment that she made, which is quite an achievement."

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