Town mourns loss of tenacious councillor

Archie Farrow
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TRIBUTES have been paid to one of Market Rasen’s best known and pro-active town councillors who died suddenly at home at the weekend.

Nigel Farrow, 55, known to most as Archie, died at home in Market Rasen on Sunday morning, February 26.

Archie was a familiar face to many in the town, having served on Market Rasen Town Council a number of times over the years.

He was co-opted back onto the authority last November and was known for his questioning manner and ‘wanting to get things done’.

Along with his wife Beverley, who runs Touches in Market Rasen Market Place, Archie had also helped raise thousands for charity, the couple co-organising fundraising events at The George each year.

This week, Market Rasen’s Mayor Ken Bridger, whose wife Jane is Archie’s cousin, said: “It is all a bit of a shock.

“Archie and I were only talking on Friday about litter picking in the coming weeks, the Christmas Market and planning for the future on town council matters. He had some very good ideas.

“Since he came on to the town council he had been really pro-active – always wanting to get involved.

“He was just the sort of councillor we need – he was interested in everything that was going on and wanted to know more.

“We always had a bit of banter, but we had become very good friends. He will be missed.”

Deputy Mayor Steve Bunney said: “I think it is very sad.

“Obviously Archie could be a thorn in the side sometimes but I think he raised a lot of good points and for that we will miss him.

“I think the town and council will be the poorer because his challenging nature did get things sorted and when he did get things sorted he was very gracious after.”

Paul Fisher, editor of the Market Rasen Mail, said: “I couldn’t believe it when Beverley told me Archie had passed away.

“I had only spoken to him last Wednesday about upcoming council meetings.

“I think he is still the only councillor in the whole of Lincolnshire who made sure he had my mobile number so he could be sure of getting hold of me when he wanted to get something done for the town.

“Whether he was arguing a point of interest in the council chamber or filling me in on the latest news over a leisurely pint he had the best interests of Market Rasen in mind.”

A post mortem is expected to be carried out, but Mr Farrow suffered from a heart condition.