Former council chairman dies

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FORMER South Kesteven District Council chairman Coun Ken Joynson – who had a suspected heart attack at Spalding Flower Parade – died on Tuesday.

Liberal Democrat Coun Joynson (84), who represented Deeping St James for more than 30 years, was standing for re-election.

But today’s district council contest will now be postponed and a by-election will be held before June 23.

The retired accountant fell down at the back of DIY store Focus, in Pinchbeck Road, Spalding, on Saturday afternoon.

Two police officers ran to help, giving him CPR for six or seven minutes until ambulance paramedics arrived with specialist equipment.

Insp Paul Timmins said the Health and Safety Executive is investigating to find out whether Coun Joynson tripped and the fall contributed to his death – or whether he fell because of the heart attack.

Earlier this week, Insp Timmins praised the two police officers – community beat managers Nicky Smith, from Bourne, and Debbie Bowen, from Stamford – for going to Coun Joynson’s aid.

Yesterday Insp Timmins described Coun Joynson’s death as “very sad news”.

He said: “We have all tried our best but unfortunately the gentleman has passed away.

“I am obviously very pleased with the police response and I know the family have expressed their thanks to ourselves.”

Insp Timmins said he understood Coun Joynson had been for a cup of tea at the United Reformed Church before going out to find a viewing point for the parade.

Coun Joynson chaired SKDC between 1996-98.

Council chief executive Beverley Agass said: “We were all saddened to hear the news and our thoughts are with his family. Ken was an exemplary councillor, well loved and respected by everyone. He carried out his role with dignity and integrity and he will be sadly missed.”

Deeping St James Ward councillor Ray Auger had been a personal friend and council colleague of Coun Joynson for more than 30 years.

He said: “I am shocked at the news.

“Ken has been a very good local councillor.

“He has been quite a prominent person because of all of his activities in The Deepings and his involvement with Stamford College and the football club.”

Until the election was called, Coun Joynson chaired the district council’s Scrutiny Committee and was heavily involved with the financial side of the council.

His wife, Ruth, died two or three years ago.

Coun Joynson is understood to leave family including his son, Richard, and two granddaughters.

* Polls will still open today for Deeping St James residents to vote in the national referendum.