‘When he said he was go­ing to do some­thing, he al­ways got it done’

Tributes to coun­cil­lor and ex-mayor

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Roundabout - By Ai­dan Bar­low

Fam­ily and friends have paid trib­ute to a hard work­ing coun­cil­lor and for­mer mayor who lost his bat­tle with prostate can­cer.

Reg Har­ring­ton served as an in­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor in Kingsnorth and was only the sec­ond non-party af­fil­i­ated coun­cil­lor to be­come mayor of the town in 1991.

He died aged 89 on Au­gust 8, at the Pil­grims Hos­pice in Ash­ford, and his fu­neral was held at Christ Church in Beaver Road on Au­gust 25.

His eldest daugh­ter Gwyneth Pol­lock, who now lives in Aus­tralia, said he was born in Battersea in Lon­don, but be­came an evac­uee dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, mov­ing to Wales with his sib­lings.

She said: “His sis­ters and brother went to Wales and have talked about their fond mem­o­ries of their time there, and I think that’s where his in­volve­ment and love of farm­ing came from.”

Af­ter mov­ing to Kent in 1949, he met his wife of 64 years, Beryl, at the Christ Church youth club and they mar­ried in 1951. They had three chil­dren, Gwyneth, Kath­leen and An­drew.

He ini­tially worked as a farm labourer, but later worked at com­pa­nies sup­ply­ing farm im­ple­ments, and later ran his own busi­ness, selling equip­ment and ma­te­ri­als to farm­ers.

Gwyneth said: “He was a won­der­ful fa­ther and great role model for us with his com­mu­nity in­volve­ment. He was al­ways sup­port­ive.

“Peo­ple have said they will miss him be­cause of his com­mit­ment. When he said he was go­ing to do some­thing, he al­ways got it done for peo­ple.

“We were ex­tremely proud of him when he be­came deputy mayor then the mayor, and we were proud of him for be­ing on the coun­cil and com­mit- tees, he re­ally en­joyed do­ing that.”

As an in­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor he served Kingsnorth and Park Farm res­i­dents be­fore re­tir­ing at the age of 80.

Fel­low in­de­pen­dent Cllr David Smith said: “He was a lovely per­son who was very com­mit­ted to the area he rep­re­sented for more than 20 years. He was a tremen­dous coun­cil­lor who worked very, very hard.

“When he be­came mayor it was a real hon­our that they be­stowed upon him, as in­de­pen­dents are of­ten at the bot­tom of the pile in terms of im­por­tance.”

Mr Har­ring­ton leaves his wife Beryl, three grand­chil­dren and five great grand­chil­dren.

Beryl, left, and Reg Har­ring­ton, right, at his re­tire­ment from Ash­ford mu­seum

Coun­cil­lor Reg Har­ring­ton, pic­tured in 2003, point­ing out dam­age at a chil­dren’s play­ground

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