Posted by Chris:
I attended the funeral of Dr Herbert Kay this morning at Acklam Crematorium. It was a Humanist service which celebrated the life of a much loved Middlesbrough GP.
Herb's wife Jean was my predecessor as leader of the Lib Dem Group on Redcar & Cleveland Council. I met Herb an many occasions when I did electrical work at their house and always enjoyed his witty comments. In retirement Herb converted part of his garage into a joinery workshop and he made many quality pieces of furniture.
His daughter brought a couple of his more quirky pieces to the service and spoke about them. One which she showed was Herb's special leaflet spatula which has been much used by local Lib Dem campaigners for the past few years. Twelve inches long by one and a half inches wide, with a specially shaped handle to allow you to keep hold of it, if grabbed by a dog, this wonderful instrument is a vital health and safety requirement for leafletters.