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Tributes paid to former Worthing councillor

Released: Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Tributes have been paid to a community champion who served Worthing as a councillor for six years.

Don Allen, who was elected to represent Broadwater on Worthing Borough Council between 2004 to 2006 and again from 2008 to 2012, died earlier this month after a period of declining health.

In addition to serving his residents, Don was prominent in the Salvation Army and chairman of Worthing Shopmobility which provided transport to thousands of shoppers every year.

Councillor Daniel Humphreys, Leader of Worthing Borough Council, said:

“Don was a fine local councillor, serving as a champion of the community while standing up for the issues he believed in and the people he believed needed support.”

“Sadly his health declined in recent years but his contribution to the town will be remembered by many.”

PR20-038 - Former Worthing councillor Don Allen who died in April 2020

It comes as the Council confirmed the borough flag outside Worthing Town Hall will be flown at half mast tomorrow to mark the funeral of former mayoress Norah Fisher.

The former councillor, who represented Tarring ward between 2008 to 2016 and served as Mayoress to Cllr Bob Smytherman in 2013-14, was involved with several committees working with disabled issues across Sussex.

Norah used an electric mobility impaired vehicle due to suffering from rheumatoid arthritis for more than 30 years but was well known for attending meetings with her beloved labradoodle Herbie.

Cllr Humphreys said:

“Norah was a remarkable person who through her determination and warmth of personality made an enormous contribution to thousands of people, especially those with mobility issues across Sussex.”

“I speak for all councillors past and present when I say she will be remembered extremely fondly.”

(PR20-038)

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