Dead diver was town coun­cil­lor

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By ADAM UREN adam.uren@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @ETADAMU

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.

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