Civic Funeral for 'Tireless' Former Mayor; OBITUARY: Tributes Paid to Dedicated Public Servant
Byline: By Michael Corley
TRIBUTES have poured in for a "tireless" former mayor of Rugby who has died after a long illness.
Councillor Hazel Bell played an instrumental role in establishing Bell House - a home for adults with learning and physical disabilities in Lawford Road, Rugby.
The dedicated public servant, who was a councillor for 18 years, died on Sunday at the age of 82.
Among the highlights of her tenure as mayor in 1998-99, were a giant Mad Hatter's Tea Party to mark the 100th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's death, meeting the Prince of Wales at Ryton Gardens, and the massive fundraising concert Music for Africa.
Pursuing a theme of "unity", she held a series of receptions that brought together all of the borough's different communities.
During this busy time, she received significant support from her husband and consort, Douglas - the couple recently celebrated their diamond wedding.
During her unbroken stint as local representative for the Avon and Swift Ward, she was heavily involved in the planning and licensing committees - both of which she chaired. …