Conservative Duncan Fairbairn served his community for
more than four decades, stepping forward at parish,
borough and county level.
The 78-year-old was a serving member of both Cumbria
County Council and Allerdale Council when he died on
Tuesday.In Allerdale he represented the Warnell ward,
covering the likes of Caldbeck, Rosley and Westward, since
2003 and at county level he served firstly from 1977 to
1981 and again from 2001 in the Thursby division.
Cross-party tributes have been paid to Mr Fairbairn, a
Tony Markley, who represents the
Solway Coast on the county council, was the leader of
Allerdale Council's Conservative group up until a few
"Duncan was one of the first people I met when I came
into being a councillor," he told The
"He kept me right and taught me the ropes. He was an
extremely knowledgeable person and dedicated to his area.
"He was a wonderful man and he will be a big loss to the
The leader of the county council's Conservative group,
James Airey, said: “Duncan was an excellent councillor and
brought a wealth of experience and knowledge to the group.
It was a privilege to have known and worked alongside him
and my thoughts go out to his family at this sad time.”
As a councillor he also worked
hard to support the youth of his ward in education and sport,
and saw the well-being of children as a priority.
Tony Annison, current leader of the Allerdale
Conservatives, said that councillor Fairbairn was the
reason he became involved in politics in the first place.
He said: “I am heart-broken. Duncan was a principled
gentleman Conservative who mentored me and guided me. He
continued to do so until very recently."
He was also a member of RSPB and Cumbria Wildlife Trust.
A keen sportsman, he spent many years playing and umpiring
hockey with other interests including walking, gardening,
He was a member of Wigton Rugby Club and a season ticket
holder at Carlisle United. He is also keen on cricket, and
was a life member of Cumberland Cricket.
Angela Kendall, Labour councillor for Maryport, said: “I
think we are all in agreement. He was a gentleman and I am
sure he will be remembered at full council.”
Carlisle News and Star, Friday 5th October 2018