Former Deputy Mayor of Grantham Mike Cook is standing in the district elections next month while recovering from a heart attack.
Coun Cook, 74, who represents St Anne’s ward as a Conservative councillor on South Kesteven District Council, says he is feeling a lot better after he suffered the heart attack in October while on a Mediterranean cruise.
My only regret was to have to resign as deputy mayorCoun Mike Cook
Coun Cook told the Journal: “It’s still slow going, but I am feeling a lot better than I did a few months ago. I had a lot of thinking to do. At Christmas I would have said no, but I am recovering a lot more quickly than I thought I would and so I have decided to stand.”
After falling ill, Coun Cook decided to step down as Deputy Mayor of Grantham last year and was replaced by Coun Bruce Wells.
On May 7, Coun Cook will stand in the district elections to fight for a seat in the newly formed St Vincent’s ward, which will have three seats instead of the two in the current St Anne’s ward.
Coun Cook said: “My only regret was to have to resign as deputy mayor, but at the end of the day I thought I would not be fit enough to carry out the duties of mayor. It’s a shame but that is how I feel at the moment.”
Coun Cook and his wife, Marjorie, were on holiday when he fell ill. He was taken to hospital when the ship docked in Barcelona and underwent an operation there.
Only five days before the holiday, Coun Cook had been fitted with a pacemaker, but doctors gave him the all clear to go away. Coun Cook later stayed in Grantham Hospital, receiving physiotherapy, before undergoing a second operation.