Tributes to former mayor of Dartford, Cllr John Muckle

Cllr John Muckle

Cllr John Muckle

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

Dartford Council members have paid their respect to one of Dartford's longest-serving councillors.

Cllr John Muckle was first elected to the old Dartford Rural District Council in 1967, representing the Priory Ward.

He has been a Labour Ward Member for Littlebrook since 1976 and was Leader of the Council from 1998 to 2003.

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Cllr Muckle was Mayor of the Borough of Dartford in 1973 - 1974 – the year that the new Dartford District Council was formed.

Council leader Jeremy Kite said: "It’s no exaggeration to say that John’s death marks the end of an era. "He was a giant of local politics and a man of total integrity and compassion.

"Only a handful of people have experienced what it means to be Leader of a great community like Dartford and over the years I sought his advice on many occasions. Outside of politics he was a keen supporterof Dartford Football Club and he and I shared many fun times at Princes Park.

"We will all miss him terribly and it is hard to imagine this town and this council without him."

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8:27am Mon 18 Aug 14

molsey says...

Yet again with NS and this type of story, NO AGE of deceased reported, time and time again.
Yet again with NS and this type of story, NO AGE of deceased reported, time and time again. molsey
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12:30pm Tue 19 Aug 14

tonylangridge says...

It is indeed a sad loss for the people of Dartford. John spent most of his life serving his Ward(Littlebrook) The Council and ultimately all who live and work in our town.
It is indeed a sad loss for the people of Dartford. John spent most of his life serving his Ward(Littlebrook) The Council and ultimately all who live and work in our town. tonylangridge
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12:46pm Tue 19 Aug 14

tonylangridge says...

John Muckles contribution to Dartford has proved invaluable. When You think how much Dartford has changed and evolved in the last 60 years and how much the town has grown, one begins to realise how much time and effort Councillor Muckle and all his colleagues have contributed in helping to create all what is good about our town today. Public service of this type should be recognised as politics on a local level does not bring about the financial rewards and kudos that our National politicians enjoy. Its just sheer hard work and dedication and I for one recognise and appreciate the huge amount of work that John Muckle did(and all the present Councillors still do) in helping to make Dartford a better place to live, and a town we can be proud of.
John Muckles contribution to Dartford has proved invaluable. When You think how much Dartford has changed and evolved in the last 60 years and how much the town has grown, one begins to realise how much time and effort Councillor Muckle and all his colleagues have contributed in helping to create all what is good about our town today. Public service of this type should be recognised as politics on a local level does not bring about the financial rewards and kudos that our National politicians enjoy. Its just sheer hard work and dedication and I for one recognise and appreciate the huge amount of work that John Muckle did(and all the present Councillors still do) in helping to make Dartford a better place to live, and a town we can be proud of. tonylangridge
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