Tributes as councillor dies

Village hero George Parkes, pictured on the right unveiling the Codnor mining memorial in March last year, has died. Left is Cllr Chris Emmas-Williams.
Village hero George Parkes, pictured on the right unveiling the Codnor mining memorial in March last year, has died. Left is Cllr Chris Emmas-Williams.

The death of a popular Codnor councillor will leave a big hole in local politics, according to those paying tribute to him this week.

Cllr George Parkes, who lived on Heanor Road in the village, died on Friday, May 3, following a lengthy battle with cancer, aged 68.

The grandfather of five leaves behind wife of 32 years Molly, three children and two step-children.

Molly, 75, said: “He was the best, he really was.

“Anything he liked, he would put everything into it.

She added that he was a “great dad and a great grandpa too”.

George had served as chairman of Codnor Parish Council for six years and was elected to Amber Valley Borough Council for the Codnor and Waingroves area in 2010.

Among his achievements in local politics, the manager at Sims Metal in Derby and keen rugby man, was instrumental in seeing the mining wheel monument installed in his home village and in securing new sports facilities at the recreation ground off Goose Lane, there.

His fellow Codnor and Waingroves councillor Chris Emmas-Williams said George would be dearly missed.

He said: “He always had a good word for everybody.

“If you wanted anything doing, you just had to ask. George got things done when other people struggled.”

Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills said he was saddened to hear of the death.

George’s funeral will be at 1.40pm onWednesday, May 22 at Mill Lane Methodist Church in Codnor. Arrangements as to who will take his seats on the borough and parish councils will be made after the funeral.