'She will be missed' - Tributes to much-loved former mayor

Shirley Weymouth is giving up her seat on Great Yarmouth Borough Council because she is moving out o

Shirley Weymouth gave up her seat on Great Yarmouth Borough Council because she was moving out of her ward for her dogs. Photo: Victor Ling - Credit: Supplied by Shirley Weymouth

The Great Yarmouth flag has been flying at half mast after after the death of a much-loved former mayor.

Shirley Weymouth, who represented the former Somerton ward (now East Flegg), died on Friday, May 28, at her home in Caister. She was 78-years-old.

Mrs Weymouth was a councillor from 2000 until her retirement in 2018.

She also served as mayor in 2015.

Hemsby: six months on from the tidal surge in December 2013.Cllr Shirley Weymouth near the beach.Pic

Hemsby: six months on from the tidal surge in December 2013.Cllr Shirley Weymouth near the beach.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

Carl Smith, leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, worked alongside Mrs Weymouth on the environmental committee.

Mr Smith said: "It's a sad day. She really stood up for the villages outside of the town.


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"She was passionate about preserving the countryside so people can enjoy it, which she did with her dogs who were her pride and joy.

"It's a sad loss to all of her friends and old colleagues.

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"She gave 18 years of service for the borough and she will be missed."

Shirley Weymouth is set to become the mayor of the Great Yarmouth borough in the 2015/16 municipal y

Shirley Weymouth served as the mayor of the Great Yarmouth borough in the 2015/16 municipal year. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

Councillor for Mrs Weymouth's former ward, East Flegg, James Bensly, said: "My thoughts are with her family and friends at this very sad time.

"I will be personally forever grateful to Shirley as she started me on my path of being a local councillor at Hemsby Parish Council then she gave me the role of being her mayor's consort for part of her very special year.

"She always fought hard for the northern parishes and was a force to debate with.

"A very big presence in committee meetings and she was always helping the residents of Hemsby, from beach cleaning to the Poor Lands Trust.

"She was a very big dog lover and that was her world.

"She will be missed by us all."

Gorleston Christmas light switch on. Mayor, Shirley Weymouth switching on the lights.

Gorleston Christmas light switch on. Mayor, Shirley Weymouth switching on the lights. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Trevor Wainwright, leader of the borough council's Labour group, said: "I was very sad to hear of Shirley's passing.

"Shirley was a political opponent, but also a good friend.

"She always lent her assistance if required, and she was a great community champion.

"It is very sad news."

Mr Wainwright passed on his condolences to Mrs Weymouth's family.

HMS Tyne visits Yarmouth.Yarmouth mayor Shirley Weymouth boards the ship.

HMS Tyne visits Yarmouth.Yarmouth mayor Shirley Weymouth boards the ship. - Credit: Nick Butcher

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