SOUTH HOLLAND DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS 2019: Casualties for Conservatives as leading women fall on emotional night
The Conservatives may have retained overall control, but some familiar faces will be missing from the council chamber next term.
David Ashby's (Con) eight-year run as district councillor for Spalding St Paul's ended as he was replaced by Glynis Scalese (Con), with Rob Gibson (Ind) taking the seat previously held by pub landlord Peter Williams.
In Holbeach Town ward, Paul Foyster (Ind) lost his seat to another Independent, Holbeach in Bloom chairman Coun Graham Rudkin who pledged to work alongside Tories Francis Biggadike and Tracey Carter.
Coun Rudkin said: "I'm really chuffed about it and I'm glad the people of Holbeach have supported me.
"A lot of people know me for the work that I do in Holbeach and I'm sure that I can carry on working for the town.
"I know it's going to be a lot of work, with what I do for Holbeach in Bloom, but I'm sure the councillors in Holbeach can all work together to improve the town and make it a better place."
One of the biggest blows to the Conservatives was the defeat of Angela Harrison, a past chairman of the district's licensing committee, who was squeezed out in Crowland and Deeping St Nicholas ward by just 18 votes.
But the disbelief was most pronounced when the results for Long Sutton ward were read out as the previous two Conservatives-one Independent ratio was turned on its head.
Instead, Independents Andrew Tennant and David Wilkinson, ward member for Long Sutton between 2007-2015, will be joined by sole Conservative Jack Tyrrell.
After a series of recounts, Laura Eldridge fell just 14 votes short of retaining her seat, prompting hugs and tears of commiseration after the results were announced at Springfields Events and Conference Centre, Spalding.
Laura, who campaigned alongside Coun Tyrrell and unsuccessful candidate Richard King (Con) said: "I'm obviously gutted because I've put my heart and soul into Long Sutton as it's the centre of my world.
"I'm thrilled that Jack's got in and I know that David Wilkinson will be brilliant as well.
"We always said that we'd run a clean campaign, a positive campaign, with the three of us working together.
"That's the way we said we were going to run and we did, so I think we can all hold our heads up high and I personally wouldn't have done anything differently.
"I'd personally like to thank Richard and Jack for being such good running mates and I'll still continue to support Long Sutton and do what I can."