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Civic chief's heartfelt tributes to ex-mayor; Colleagues mourn passing of long-serving councillor.

Byline: ADRIAN PEARSON

TRIBUTES have been paid to a former mayor.

Newcastle councillor Mary Carr died last week following a lifetime spent serving the city.

The long-serving Labour councillor, who died on Wednesday, was married to Gerry and had three children, Gary, Steven and Kerry.

Liberal Democrat council leader David Faulkner has led tributes to Mrs Carr. He said: "Mary will be remembered fondly for her warmth and approachability both as lord mayor and by the residents of Denton ward who she represented so well for almost 20 years."

Mrs Carr, 70, was a councillor in Denton from 1985 until June 2004 and was lord mayor of Newcastle from 2001 to 2002.

During her time as mayor, and as a councillor, she helped raise thousands of pound for charities including Alzheimer's groups and epilepsy charity Heads North.

Her time in office saw her called upon to defend Newcastle against suggestions it was an unfriendly city, show round delegations from across America, China and Europe and present the Honorary Freeman of the City of Newcastle title to the deserving, including gold medal triple jumper Jonathan Edwards.

Current lord mayor Brenda Hindmarsh also added her memories to those saying goodbye to a popular colleague.

She said: "Mary was very proud to become the Lord Mayor of the city in which she was born and bred and loved so much.

"It is with great sadness that we learn of her passing and I, on behalf of Newcastle, would like to offer our condolences to her family."

Labour Group leader Nick Forbes said: "Mary was a hard-working ward councillor and magistrate who took on many positions of responsibility in the Council.

"She was particularly proud of becoming lord mayor, having being born and raised in Newcastle, and she never forgot her roots.

"She worked tirelessly and my colleagues and I are shocked and saddened by her sudden death."

The funeral for Mary Carr will be held at the West Road Crematorium on Thursday, March 3, at 11.45am.

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DEDICATED Above, Mary Carr during her time as mayor and, below, presenting Jonathan Edwards, pictured with his family, with the Freedom of the City
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Date:Mar 2, 2011
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