Hundreds fill town church to remember loved councillor

Doreen Stephenson, Leader of ELDC, arrives at Steve Newton's funeral
Doreen Stephenson, Leader of ELDC, arrives at Steve Newton's funeral

‘He will be missed but not forgotten.’

That was the emotional message from Reverend Cilla Smith at a special Thanksgiving Service to former town and district councillor Steve Newton last Friday.

It was standing room only at St Mary’s Church as people gathered to pay tribute to the 52 year-old who died on February 5.

The Rev Smith said the size of the attendance highlighted how much Mr Newton was loved in the town.

She described Mr Newton as a devoted and committed councillor and family man.

She said he ‘really cared’ about people - and Horncastle in particular adding he was a member of the ‘Three Musketeers’, working alongside fellow district councillors Fiona Martin and Sandra Campbell-Wardman.

Coun Martin, the town’s mayor, also delivered an emotional tribute to Mr Newton.

She said he was a man of great dedication and integrity who always spoke with ‘good, old fashioned common sense.’

She said that in all projects, Mr Newton rolled up his sleeves, got stuck in and never happy leaving work to others.

She praised his contribution to the town council and revealed he had been elected mayor in 2006 - exactly 25 years after his grandfather had occupied the position.

Coun Martin added: “He was involved in dozens of community projects. Everything he did he did with enthusiasm and integrity. He had a marvellous sense of homour.

“He was a team player who did such much for this town. He will be sadly missed.”

A reading was delivered by Coun Doreen Stephenson, leader of East Lindsey District Council.

Music at the service featured Cliff Richard and the Doctor Who theme.