Popular former Rugby borough councillor Gordon Collett has died

Pat & Gordon Collett, who officially opened the Jubilee celebrations in Dunchurch this year.
Pat & Gordon Collett, who officially opened the Jubilee celebrations in Dunchurch this year.
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GORDON Collett has sadly died aged 81.

The former Rugby borough councillor died yesterday (Sunday) after battling with cancer.

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey led the tribute to Mr Collett saying: “I was very sad to hear the news about Gordon. It came as a shock. I was very involved with Gordon on a couple of local politics issues. We have a lot to be grateful to Gordon for. It’s a great sadness.”

Mr Collett, from Dunchurch, served as a borough councillor for 34 years.

Gordon, who was also a Warwickshire county councillor, is chiefly remembered as one of the forerunners who fought off plans to build a huge airport on two Rugby villages.

When Mr Collett stepped down from his borough council role in May 2007 he said: “It has been an extraordinary experience. I took on the role of councillor in 1973 to help ensure that people living in rural parishes get a fair crack of the whip, and I hope that I have achieved that.

“I came into the council as an independent but later became a Conservative councillor. But I have never been one to agree with things just because it was a Conservative idea.

“The two biggest things I will take away is being a small cog in the big wheel that help resist the development of Rugby airport, and helping to keep Leamington Hastings School open, against all the odds.”

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