Council pays respect to first lady Mayor

Coleraine Council paid its respect to the borough’s first lady Mayor at last week’s council meeting.

Dr Gladys Black, who was the Mayor of Coleraine between 1986 and 1988, sadly passed away on December 6th.

A minute’s silence was observed in the chamber before the meeting at the request of the Mayor, Cllr David Harding.

Alderman James McClure, who sat in council along with Dr Black, paid tribute to her work in bringing the new hospital to Coleraine.

“I was very sorry to hear the news at the passing of Dr Black,” said Ald McClure.

“She was one of the leading lights in working to get the new hospital. I remember travelling to London with her on several occasions to lobby Westminster about bringing the hospital to Coleraine.”

Ald Norman Hillis said Dr Black, who was a fellow member of the Ulster Unionist Party, always fought for what she belived was right.

“Dr Black was a highly intelligent person who held her beliefs close to her and fought for what she though was right,” he said.

“She was the first lady Mayor of the borough, a fantastic lady and her passing is a great loss to us all.”