Posted on Wednesday 8 November 2017
Councillor Martin Gannon, the Leader of Gateshead Council, has expressed his sorrow at the passing of fellow councillor Paul Watson, the leader of Sunderland City Council.
“I am greatly saddened by Paul’s untimely passing,” said Councillor Watson.
“Paul was without doubt a unique leader. His passion was always evident and his commitment and energy in working to improving the North East, and in particular Sunderland City, were his greatest qualities.
“On a personal level I’m lucky to have been able to count on Paul as a friend and I will sadly miss not only his support and friendship but his honesty and experience.
“Paul passing is a huge loss for Sunderland and he will be sadly missed by many of his friends and comrades in Gateshead.”