County says goodbye to a favourite son
PUBLISHED: 14:44 03 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:18 23 August 2010
MORE than 1,000 people attended the service of thanksgiving for the life of a former county council leader. Current Kent County Council (KCC) leader Paul Carter led the tributes to Lord Sandy Bruce-Lockhart, 66, the former leader, and his legacy to the c
MORE than 1,000 people attended the service of thanksgiving for the life of a former county council leader.
Current Kent County Council (KCC) leader Paul Carter led the tributes to Lord Sandy Bruce-Lockhart, 66, the former leader, and his legacy to the county he loved.
The service for the self-named "ultimate Kent fan" was held at Canterbury Cathedral last Thursday.
He died in August after a courageous battle against cancer.
KCC leader Paul Carter said: "Sandy Bruce-Lockhart will be enormously missed both locally in Kent and more broadly in the country.
"Driven by a love and passion for the people and the county of Kent, he proved that beneath his urbane charm and courtesy lay his conviction and determination to deliver what he believed was right.
"In essence, put simply, in all he did he was a force for good and we will all miss his wise advice and friendship very much."
Sir Sandy lived in the county since 1968 when he bought a 300-acre fruit farm in Headcorn, after managing a farm in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and Australia.
He started his career in politics at County Hall in 1989 after successfully campaigning for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link to move away from the Weald of Kent and follow the route of the M20.
In 1995, he was appointed OBE, knighted in 2003 and created a life peer in 2006.
Having become leader of the Conservative Group in Kent in 1993, he led the county council from 1997 until 2005, during which time he spearheaded KCC's fight to stop an airport coming to Cliffe on the north Kent marshes.
From 2004 he represented all local authorities in his role as Chairman of the Local Government Association, only stepping down in 2007 to become chairman of English Heritage.
A month before his death, Sir Sandy attended the opening of Lullingstone Roman Villa following a £1.3 million refit.
Susannah Adams, personal secretary to Lord Bruce-Lockhart 1999 to 2001, said: "Sandy always made sure that he took the time out of his busy schedule to personally thank all of us in the leader's office for our work. By his actions he showed us just how thoughtful and respectful he was.
"I am extremely sad that he is gone, but my time working with him as leader will be imprinted in my memory as a most positive experience."
He is survived by his wife Tess and their two sons and daughter.