Dead diver was town councillor
TRIBUTE has been paid to a town councillor whose body was recovered after he went missing while exploring a sunken wreck.
Authorities in Scotland confirmed yesterday that the body discovered in Ardmucknish Bay, off the coast of Oban, on Thursday was that of 54-year-old John Skerry, from Huntingdon.
Mr Skerry, a Huntingdon town councillor for the past year, was elected to represent the East Ward last May and held a senior position as chairman of the finance committee.
A member of the St Ives Sub-aqua Club, he was diving with a group on Tuesday exploring the sunken Dutch boat Breda when he failed to surface.
Yesterday, Colin Hyams, the Mayor of Huntingdon, said: “At this sad moment, our thoughts are very much with John’s family. He is greatly missed by all of us.”
A statement issued by the town coun- cil said that Mr Skerry had a vision for Huntingdon Town Hall which the council is determined to realise following his death.
The statement said: “His experience and skills have been an invaluable asset to the council during the last 12 months, in which time Huntingdon Town Hall has undergone a refurbishment to renew its roofing, install a lift, and create a new reception foyer and office suite for the offices of Huntingdon Town Council, whose relocation took place in March this year.
“The council looks forward to continuing to develop Huntingdon’s historic Town Hall in accordance with Cllr Skerry’s vision, which was to create functional meeting spaces and office accommodation on the ground floor of the building.”
A search for Mr Skerry was conducted by Strathclyde Police officers, Oban RNLI, HM Coastguard and Navy divers.
The search, which included sea and land, continued until Thursday just before noon, when police divers found the councillor.
TRIBUTE: The body of John Skerry was found after he went missing while diving on Tuesday.