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Street named to honour highly respected mayor

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 11, 2014

  • Labour councillors..Dennis Tilling

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A STREET has been named after one of Burton’s most highly respected councillors in a move that has been branded a ‘touching tribute’.

Dennis Tilling, a former mayor of East Staffordshire and who represented the Shobnall ward for nearly 20 years, will now be forever be remembered after a street was named Tilling Close in the area that he served for so many years.

The move comes after the Mail recently reported how popular councillor Peter Beresford was immortalised with the naming of a road as Beresford Close at the nearby new Trent and Dove Dallow Bridge development and came about following a campaign designed around creating a lasting tribute to the ‘Labour legend.’

Julian Mott, leader of East Staffordshire Borough Council, said: “After Beresford Close, a street in Shobnall ward has been named after his running mate, Dennis Tilling. Great to see.

“What is even more fitting is that the street is just yards from where he lived, in Grange Street, and I can think of no better tribute to him and his legacy.”

Mr Tilling died in 2006 at the age of 67. He had represented the Shobnall ward since 1987, and was Mayor of East Staffordshire in 1999-2000.

He had served as deputy leader for regeneration when Labour controlled the council and had sat on numerous panels and committees including regeneration, development and control, the planning committee and the Heart of Burton board.

He spent most of his working life at Sharpes Brothers and Knight joinery, in Wellington Road, later known as John Carr.

A keen crown green bowler, snooker player and football fan, he regularly attended Burton Albion and Derby County matches.

Mr Tilling’s wife Pat died two years ago, and are survived by their two children.

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