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Tributes paid following death of former Mayor

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A photo of former Middlesbrough Council member and civic Mayor Peter Porley

Tributes have been paid this week to former Middlesbrough Council member and civic Mayor Peter Porley who has died at the age of 90.

Born in 1931, Cllr Porley jointed the British Army in 1948, spending five years with the Royal Engineers, seeing service in Europe and the Far East.

He joined Middlesbrough Constabulary in 1953, serving as a constable for 16 years, and in the 1980s he joined Teesside Probation Service, going on to become a Prosecutions Officer for the Magistrates' Courts before his retirement in 1996.

He was elected Councillor for Park End ward in 1999, sitting on a number of committees and chairing the Licensing Committee.

Councillor Porley also acted as Civic Mayor of Middlesbrough in 2003/04 and remained a ward Councillor until 2011.

Councillor Mick Saunders, who has represented Park End since 2011, said: "I knew Peter personally from before he was elected, and he was a fine man and a true gentleman.

"He was a man of principles who devoted his life to public service, and he was a highly respected member of the local community.

"Peter will be much missed by everyone who knew him, and our heartfelt condolences go out to his family at this sad time."

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