LETTER: Steve Newton - a great loss to Horncastle

On Wednesday night I received an email from our Mayor that brought me great sadness. This email informed me that Horncastle and East Lindsey had lost one of its greatest and most humble servants, a man that has worked tirelessly for years to improve the lives of many in the area. I have only known Steve for a few years yet in that short space of time he touched my life in ways not many have. I regret hugely that I was never able to tell him.

Without Steve’s support, encouragement and guidance I would not be where I am today. It was him that pushed me to run for Council, it was him that went out first to campaign and leaflet drop (although many others did follow) and it was him that was sitting by my side in the twilight hours of that election night to see me win. To have someone believe in you so unwaveringly at a young age is rare, and for it to be someone so distinguished as a Councillor, a businessman and philanthropist meant so much.

There are not many like Steve Newton, our communities could do with more of them, but what Horncastle has in his memory is a model of how it should be done. For him, having a business in the town wasn’t just about making money; it was about being a part of making the community better, it was about encouraging social action and community spirit.

On Wednesday night Horncastle lost a son, a father, a husband and a friend. The days and nights will pass, but our memory of Steve will stay, for he remains in the bricks, the cobbles, and the hearts of our town. God bless him and may he rest in peace.

Coun Tom Mumford