A FORMER Monk Bretton councillor who also worked at the town’s fire station died last month.

Mick Harper, 73, was born in Barnsley in 1947 and since then he spent the majority of his life looking out for those in the town - working in a range of roles from politics to a union president.

Mick’s son, Dale Saxton, said: “My father first attended Shafton School, then Hemsworth Grammar.

“He worked at both Barnsley and Royston fire stations before becoming involved in the union side of the fire service - he eventually became president of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU).

“He was heavily involved in local politics, serving Shafton Parish Council and then later served as a member of Barnsley Council for Shafton, Brierley and Grimethorpe, before serving for Lundwood and Monk Bretton.

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“He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed cricket and football - he supported Barnsley FC and was a season ticket holder for many years.”

Sir Steve Houghton, leader of Barnsley Council, added: “Mick was a dedicated socialist and trade unionist.

“As a councillor he brought those values to life for ordinary working people.

“Always principled but also practical and prepared to adapt if the situation warranted, many people benefited from knowing him.

“Barnsley has lost a good son and many of us a great friend - he will be sadly missed.”