Ex-mayor’s pride at tree honour

Coun George Cowie served as mayor of Peterlee in 1978-79 and 2004-05.
Coun George Cowie served as mayor of Peterlee in 1978-79 and 2004-05.

Former Peterlee mayor George Cowie has told of his pride after a tree was planted in his honour at the town council’s Shotton Hall grounds.

Coun Cowie, 80, who is still a Labour representative for the town’s Howletch ward, was mayor of Peterlee in 1978-79 and 2004-05, and the tree commemorates his times in office.

He said: “I’m thrilled to bits, because this means I’ll always be part of Peterlee Town Council.

“The residents of Peterlee, as well as my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, will all be able to come and see it.

“The grounds are open to the public during office hours, in Shotton Hall, and it’s a lovely park to walk around.”