Messages of condolence for Cllr Jeremy Birch
Dear Hasting Borough Council
We are very saddened to hear of Cllr Jeremy Birch's untimely passing.
We would like to send our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.
In September 2014 Schiedam participated in an Eurotowns meeting in Hastings. As a passionate ambassador for Hastings, Jeremy Birch invited the participants of Eurotowns for a dinner to get informed about the topics discussed during the meeting. He was very interested and enthusiastic about possible partnerships and international cooperation.
He will be a great loss to Hastings.
Please extend our thoughts to his family, friends and colleagues at this dreadfully sad time.
With kind regards
Mayor C.H.J. Lamers of Schiedam, the Netherlands
Although I have lived in Hastings a very short time, I knew who the leader of the Council was, which was something that I never knew from living in London for thirty years! This is a testament to the work of Jeremy Birch, a high profile grass routes leader who put people first. Simple.
My thoughts are with the family of Cllr Jeremy Birch. So sorry to hear the loss, I admired him as a politician and thoroughly decent human being.
Katy Bourne, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner
Please would you pass on our deepest sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues. We have worked with Jeremy in our fight to keep what is best in our community. He was a very strong man and inspiration much respected by the community. He was a wonder class fighter who has left us much impact in our Town for its good . He was always jovial and respectful a true gentleman. He will be a great loss to Hastings.
From Mr Martin Newbold
Chairman, Friends of Speckled Wood Management Trust and Charity
Condolences sent on behalf of the Muriel Matters Society
from Frances Bedford
Please would you pass on my deepest sympathy to Louise, Katie & Peter. I have known the family for over 30 (1980's Thatcher) years when they lived in Northfield Birmingham. I have many happy memories of being in the company of such wonderful class fighter who had the ability to awaken in so many the desire to fight for change. Jeremy, the world has lost a real "working class hero" I salute you.
Ideas that enter the mind under fire remain there securely and forever - Leon Trotsky
Jeremy was a great bloke, great leader of the council and great for Hastings. He even laughed at my jokes :-) He will be sorely missed, but let us hope we can carry on all his good work.
What a shock to hear of Jeremy's untimely passing and I send my most sincere condolences to his family and colleagues. I remember him as a passionate advocate for Hastings on the Board of the South East England Development Agency when I was Chairman.
I would like to express my sadness about the death of Cllr Jeremy Birch, and to send my condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. When I moved to St Leonards a few years ago, I met Jeremy at one of his surgeries and felt really welcomed by him. He was warm, approachable, helpful and enthusiastic, and it was really reassuring to know that the leader of the council was so present within the local community. Seeing him around, supporting local businesses and shops, you really felt he was connected to what was going on, on the ground. I realised recently that in all the other places I've lived, I've never actually known who the leader of the council was, or even what they looked like. It's been wonderful to have a council leader who was genuinely part of local life and I'm terribly sad that he's gone.
I am just so sorry that Jeremy is no longer with us. He really fought for Hastings and did his best to bring about good things for the Town. It would be really wonderful if there could be some memorial in the town to commemorate his life. Perhaps the Council could look into this. Even if it was just planting a tree in Alexander Park.
On behalf of the Town Mayor and Councillors, Battle Town Council wish to express their sincere condolences for the sad passing of Cllr Jeremy Birch.
Dear Hastings Council,
We were extremely saddened to hear of Jeremy's untimely passing - Hastings will not be the same without his energy, passion and love for the place he was born and grew up in.
We see that a book of condolences has been started but, as we live away from the town for most of the month, we just wondered how long the book will remain open for messages and signatures?
Please extend our thoughts and prayers to Louise and his family at this dreadfully sad time.
Nick & Katrina Hall