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Longest serving Norfolk county councillor set to resign after 45 years

14:02 24 February 2015

Adrian Gunson

Adrian Gunson

The longest-serving councillor in Norfolk County Council’s history has announced his retirement after a remarkable 45 years at County Hall.

Adrian Gunson, who has served the Loddon division since 1970 and was, for many years, the cabinet member for planning and transportation, said his advancing years meant he could no longer represent his constituents to the high standards he had always set himself.

When West Norfolk-born Mr Gunson, then in his late 20s, succeeded Aubrey Shearing as Conservative councillor for Loddon, it was less than 12 months after man first walked on the moon, while Harold Wilson was nearing the end of his first spell as prime minister.

In his role as cabinet member for planning and transportation, Mr Gunson played a key role in the building of a string of bypasses around the county, while proposals for the northern distributor road were also developed under his watch.

Mr Gunson, who lives in Bedingham with his wife Patricia, was made an MBE in 2010, for his services to local government.

Professionally, Mr Gunson was an insurance actuary for Norwich Union. He was an investment director when he retired in 1997.

He also worked as an evening class lecturer at Norwich City College.

Dr Christopher Kemp, South Norfolk Conservatives’ deputy chairman, said Mr Gunson was held in high esteem by the people he represented.

He said: “He will be a hard act to follow. I am sure that we all wish him well for the future.”

A by-election for the Loddon division will be held on May 7, coinciding with parliamentary and district/borough/city elections.

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10 comments

  • Lovely chap. Worked like a pit pony for his division and there is no-one in the Tory party that can replace him. He turned up to everything, whilst the District Councillor for Brooke was so conspicuous by his absence we wondered whether he had emigrated. The Tories should take no credit for Adrian. He was to all intents and purposes an Independent. Let's hope we get another independent minded person. I always voted for Adrian. I shall not vote for another person under the Tory umbrella and neither will anyone else I have spoken to.

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    alecto

    Wednesday, February 25, 2015

  • Mr Gunson was a very effective councillor who acted with great integrity, and was commitmed to local residents. I hope he enjoys his well deserved retirement.

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    Stephen Strange

    Wednesday, February 25, 2015

  • I wish Mr.Gunson well in his retirement, he certainly deserves it, and, as already been said, he will be a hard act to follow. What always amazes me is the amount of local functions he always makes a point of attending and supporting, I doubt other councillors do this. Good Luck Mr. Gunson!

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    Lynda

    Wednesday, February 25, 2015

  • One thing we don't want from councillors is tricks, I think we have had far too many of them in the past.

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    John L Norton

    Tuesday, February 24, 2015

  • A great local councillor. Many could learn a trick or two from him.

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    DT

    Tuesday, February 24, 2015

  • "...Please no more posts of a derogatory nature as we have had to delete far too many already....." . Most of them your John .

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Tuesday, February 24, 2015

  • It's a sad loss for Norfolk just when the county needs councillors of Mr Gunson's quality. He's been a huge asset to the residents of Loddon over many years. It's an interesting coincidence that a certain Mr Cox moved to the town a couple of years ago!

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    Mj

    Tuesday, February 24, 2015

  • Please no more posts of a derogatory nature as we have had to delete far too many already.

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    Twig Stevens

    Tuesday, February 24, 2015

  • I recognise that face. I went to Prep school in Walsingham with him in 1949..Nice chap. Good luck for the future.

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    MIKEJ

    Tuesday, February 24, 2015

  • This is very sad, Mr Gunson was a very good councillor, He was always ready to help any of his parishes.He will be a very hard act to follow I wish him well for his retirement

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    lucy

    Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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