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More tributes have been paid to Bob Bullock - the man with a "broad grin"
MORE tributes have been paid to Worcestershire County Council’s longest-serving politician - with colleagues saying they will miss his “broad grin”.
Councillor Bob Bullock died last Friday, aged 86, after serving the people of the county for 40 years.
Back in September last year it emerged he was invited to see Prime Minister David Cameron, and gave him some “helpful pointers” as to how to run the country.
Councillor Adrian Hardman, county council leader, said: “Bob was very much a Worcestershire man, and had immense pride in his county and city.
“He was his own man, and held his own views, but he had great charm, and was happy in company of kings or paupers.
“Bob was delighted to have been asked to a drink reception in September at number 10 by the Prime Minister for councillors who had put in long service to their counties.
“I asked him how he got on, and he replied with a broad grin, it was little changed since he was last there, and 'I was able to give the current occupant a few helpful pointers.'
“He will be much missed.”
Councillor Derek Prodger, who knew him since the 1980s after serving alongside him on the Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority, said: “I worked alongside Bob for over 20 years - he had a wide knowledge of many subjects and I enjoyed many happy times with him.
“He was a very wise colleague and on many occasions I heeded his advice - I shall miss his wise counsel.”
Coun Bullock represented the Croome division at County Hall, but his death will not trigger a by-election, meaning the seat will remain vacant until May’s local elections.
His roles in local government include leader of the old Hereford and Worcester County Council from 1989-1993, head of the planning committee and chairman of the current county council.
He was also a former city councillor between 1972 and 1981, and Mayor of Worcester in 1978-79.
His funeral will take place on Thursday March 14, from 2pm at St Mary's Church in Kempsey followed by a cremation at Worcester Crematorium.