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Tributes to Carlisle Labour stalwart Roger Horne

Roger Horne, former deputy leader of Carlisle City Council and head of sixth form at Trinity School, has died after a long battle with leukaemia.

Roger Horne photo
Roger Horne

Mr Horne, who was 75, passed away in the Eden Valley Hospice on Sunday.

He was a Labour councillor for 1974-76 and 1979-99, serving as deputy to the late Lawrie Eilbeck.

He lost his seat in Currock to campaigner David King in the row over the Millennium Gateway scheme.

Councillors paid tribute and stood for one minute’s silence in his memory last night.

Council leader Joe Hendry said: “Roger Horne was a man of great integrity and intellectual honesty, committed to social justice, the values of the Labour Party and the young people of Carlisle. He will be greatly missed.”

Labour’s Heather Bradley, who represents Currock just as Mr Horne did, said he played an active part in major developments in the 1980s and 1990s such as the Sands Centre and the Lanes shopping centre.

Conservative leader John Mallinson said: “He was a brave man. If he really believed in something, he wouldn’t be turned from it.”

Mr Horne was an economics and history teacher at Trinity, as well as head of sixth form. He became a school governor following his retirement.

Mr Horne, of Fenton near Brampton, is survived by his second wife, Helen, and by two sons from his first marriage, Tim and Andrew. His first wife also died from cancer.

His funeral takes place at Holy Trinity Church, Wetheral, at 11am on Monday.

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My overriding memory of Mr. Horne at Trinity was his ability to stop you in your tracks with his terrifying stare.

Condolences to his family and may he rest in peace.

Posted by BM on 21 July 2012 at 14:46

"Could the following people please come to the headmaster's study":

The role of shame as read out by Mr Horne seemingly at every every morning assembly. Bets could be placed as to likely suspects.

A highlight of the day and never prone to the law of diminishing marginal utility.

Posted by David Johnston on 20 July 2012 at 19:42

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