Fond memories of true Labour man

A TRUE Labour man who'll be sadly missed - that's the tribute paid to Ian Grimwood by one of his closest friends in Ipswich politics.

A TRUE Labour man who'll be sadly missed - that's the tribute paid to Ian Grimwood by one of his closest friends in Ipswich politics.

John Mowles, the former party secretary and agent for Ipswich, said he was deeply shocked to learn of Mr Grimwood's death.

Mr Mowles said: “We go back a long way. We both lived on the Rushmere estate and were both elected to the new county council in 1973.

“Ian was very proud that he would be representing the area in which he lived,

“Ian was a true Labour man whose wise counsel was listened to with respected in borough council policies. He was very much a Labour stalwart and he was also committed to the co-operative movement in the town.”

David Ellesmere, who leads the opposition Labour group on the borough councillor, said: “Ian was a great servant of Ipswich: as a Labour Party member. a councillor, the mayor, a director of the East of England Co-operative Society, and a chronicler of our town's history.

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“He was a very charming man, with a great sense of humour and an encyclopaedic knowledge of terrible jokes. He will be enormously missed by all of us who knew him.”

Ipswich council's chief executive James Hehir said: “Ian had a love of Ipswich and social history and was a pleasure to know. Our thoughts are with his wife, Pam, his family and close friends.”

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