Tributes paid to former Kettering councillor who passed away last week

Derek Zanger.
Derek Zanger.

Kettering Council leader Russell Roberts has paid tribute to former deputy mayor Derek Zanger, who passed away last week.

Derek Zanger was a Conservative councillor on the Burton Latimer ward for many years but stepped down recently due to ill health.

He was due to be the mayor of Kettering next year and Cllr Roberts praised his “outstanding contribution to the community”.

Cllr Roberts said: “I am sure I speak for everybody when I say how deeply saddened I am at the recent loss of Cllr Derek Zanger.

“He was a dedicated Burton Latimer town councillor for many years and was a successful mayor of Burton, raising lots of money for good causes in the town.

“He was a driving force behind the local community centre and worked hard to create a farmers’ market.

“Derek also spent a lot of time on the cabinet at Kettering Council making a difference and was very much looking forward, with the support of his wife Dianne, to becoming the mayor of Kettering.

“Over the years, Derek made an outstanding contribution to the community and I am sure I speak for everyone when I say condolences go to his family and friends.”

Cllr Roberts also paid tribute to former councillor David Bishop, who also passed away recently.

He added: “I would also like to take this opportunity to mark the passing of David Bishop who, before his retirement from the council, had held very important roles and had made an outstanding contribution to the council in his own right.

“Again, our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.”