Two Ulster Unionist councillors have paid tribute to Maurice Bradley, who stepped down from Council last month.
In a joint statement, councillors David Barbour and William McCandless said they wished Alderman Bradley ‘every success in 2014, and for all that follows thereafter’.
The DUP man stepped down in December due to work and family commitments after almost 19 years as an elected representative.
His Ulster Unionist colleagues said: “It is regrettable that such a fine representative has decided to leave local government, although we understand it is in his best interests at this present time. We have always found Maurice to have a pleasant disposition and willingness to work with representatives from other parties in the interests of the entire community. His leadership qualities and magnanimity will not be easily replaced within the political domain. His wisdom and sound judgement will be missed in the Council chamber.
“We consider Maurice as a friend, and we will remain in association with him in the future.”