Tributes paid to long-serving Shire councillor

Long-serving Aberdeenshire councillor Jenny Watson who died earlier this month. Picture: Aberdeenshire Council.
Long-serving Aberdeenshire councillor Jenny Watson who died earlier this month. Picture: Aberdeenshire Council.

Tributes have been paid to a long-serving Aberdeenshire councillor who died earlier this month aged 84.

Jenny Watson was a Kincardine and Deeside District councillor before reorganisation and became a member of Aberdeenshire Council for Banchory East and Crathes in April, 1995.

She was a vice-chair of the infrastructure services committee and served on the Marr area committee. She was re-elected in 1999 and 2003 and stood down in 2007.

Banchory and Mid-Deeside Councillor Jill Webster said: “Jenny may have been diminutive in stature but her character was larger than life and you always knew she would fight for whatever she believed in and stand up for those less able to do so for themselves.

“She was a great community person and even in recent years she would often phone me to chat about what was going on in the community. Her lively character will be missed.”

Aberdeenshire Provost Hamish Vernal said: “Jenny was a straight-talking and colourful political figure. She was well-liked across the council chamber and a passionate contributor to the business of this council. She left a great legacy and will be missed.”

Councillor Moira Ingleby, chair of the Marr area committee, said: “Jenny was a real character and brought her flamboyant personality to everything she did throughout her political career. The thoughts of Aberdeenshire Council and the Marr area committee are with her family at this time.”