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Remembering Bill

FORMER north Solihull Councillor Bill Tooth, who served on three councils, has died following a stroke.

FORMER north Solihull Councillor Bill Tooth, who served on three councils, has died following a stroke.

Mr Tooth was a member of Fordbridge Town Council for more than 10 years from 1987 and was chairman in 1990. He later served on Kingshurst and Chelmsley Wood councils.

In a tribute, Neil Millard, clerk to Fordbridge council, said Mr Tooth was a "larger than life character" who wanted to demonstrate his pride in the community he represented and performed as many civic duties as possible.

"Alongside his civic service, Bill will be fondly remembered for his annual organisation of the North Solihull Carnival held in Meriden Park," said Mr Millard. "This was a real labour of love for Bill with work starting on the next carnival about a week after the last one finished.

"Literally thousands of residents of north Solihull will have been entertained by the carnival and its procession of floats which toured the area prior to many carnivals until insurance premiums became too high.

"Lately Bill had turned his attention to helping the Chelmsley Wood Royal British Legion and was chairman of the club at the time of his death."

Mr Millard added: "Chelmsley Wood is a comparatively young place and many people have worked hard to help the local community in its short life but few, if any, have made as big and selfless a contribution as Bill Tooth.

" He will be sadly missed."

 

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