Dorset

Civic service for Poole council leader Brian Leverett

Councillor Brian Leverett
Image caption Mr Leverett had been instrumental in the new twin sails bridge

A civic funeral service is to be held for a council leader in Dorset.

Councillor Brian Leverett, leader of Borough of Poole Council, passed away in hospital last Friday after collapsing at the civic centre.

The 69-year-old, who was born in the town and was elected as a councillor in 1983, became council leader in 2003.

A civic funeral service will take place at St Peter's Church in Parkstone on 30 September followed by a private ceremony for family and friends.

'Honourable man'

A book of condolence has been also opened at the Civic Centre which can be signed until 1 October.

Mr Leverett had campaigned for the creation of the twin sails bridge, connecting Hamworthy with Poole port, while in opposition and as leader.

Deputy leader Don Collier said it would become a "lasting memorial".

The Mayor of Poole, Councillor Chris Bulteel, said: "[Mr] Leverett devoted more than 25 years of his life to serving the council and the people of Poole.

"A civic funeral service is entirely befitting of such an honourable man who worked so tirelessly on behalf of the town that he loved."

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