Tributes paid to former councillor

Tributes have been paid to a former Aberdeenshire councillor who passed away at the weekend.

Stan Tennant was elected on 6 April 1995 representing the Central Buchan Ward and retained that position in the subsequent elections in 1999 and 2003. He stood down in 2007.

He was active in his local community, not only within the local political branch but also on the Strichen community council. Previously he served as a police officer.

He passed away on Sunday following a long illness.

Co-leader of Aberdeenshire Council, Cllr Richard Thomson, said: “Stan was a great servant to the community in Central Buchan. He championed the issues of his constituents and brought a pragmatic can-do attitude to his work. I'm sure our thoughts will be with all the family at this time.”

Co-leader Cllr Alison Evison said: ”It is always a difficult time when we hear of a death such as this. Despite having left this council nearly 10 years ago, news of his death has touched us all. Stan is well known for having had a very professional manner and our condolences go out to his family and friends as well as all of those who worked with him.”

Chair of the Buchan Area Committee, Cllr Stuart Pratt said: “We are all deeply saddened to hear this news. Stan was a stalwart of the community and he will be missed. Everything he did was in the best interest of his constituents and those in Strichen will miss him most of all.

Cllr Hamish Vernal is the Provost of Aberdeenshire. He said: “Cllr Tennant was a very hands-on councillor. If he wasn’t championing local causes he was getting stuck in to planting flowers or putting up Christmas lights. There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t or couldn’t turn his hand to. Our thoughts are with his family “