TRIBUTES have been paid to Ali Tomlinson, the wife of former chairman of Worcestershire County Council Peter Tomlinson, who has died following a cancer battle.

Friends of the couple took to social media to send condolences after current chairman, Councillor Bob Brookes, announced the news on Wednesday.

Cllr Brookes wrote: “I am terribly sad to share the news that Ali Tomlinson, wife of my predecessor Peter, passed away early on Monday morning.

“Ali will be sadly missed by many and I pass on my heartfelt condolences to Peter and their family and friends at this difficult time.”

Earlier this year Mr Tomlinson told us they were both facing a prolonged period of self-isolation in a bid to protect them from coronavirus, as they were both in their 70s.

Both Mr Tomlinson and his wife had battled cancer, with Mrs Tomlinson having chemotherapy earlier this year after her pancreatic cancer returned.

Jon Fraser, Worcestershire County Council’s Highways manager, said: “It is sad news.

“Mrs Tomlinson worked as a doctor in her career, and was married to Peter for 24 years.

“She was much loved.

“During his time as chairman she accompanied him to several events as consort - always a friendly face.”

BBC Midlands Today presenter Nick Owen said: “Absolutely shattering news.

“She was such a marvellous person and good friend. My wife Vicki and I are so terribly sad to hear this.”

Worcester City councillor, and former mayor Jabba Riaz wrote on social media: “Heartfelt sympathies to Peter on hearing this terrible news.

“Thoughts and prayers with you and family. #rip.”

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Worcestershire County councillor Fran Oborski said: “Such very very sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.”

BBC Radio presenter John Darvall wrote to Mr Tomlinson: “What dreadful news.

“Take care of you at this painful time.”

David Blake, managing director of Worcester City Council, said: “Dear Peter so sorry to hear the sad news. Our thoughts are with you and your family.”

And Malvern Hills District councillor Chris O’Donnell passed on her condolences, adding to Mr Tomlinson “stay safe and well”.