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Ex Walsall mayor Melvin Pitt dies after short illness

Melvin Pitt
Councillor Melvin Pitt was mayor of Walsall in 2006

A former Walsall mayor died in hospital on election night after a short illness.

Melvin Pitt, who was Conservative member for Bloxwich West, was first elected in 1976 and was Mayor of Walsall in 2006.

The 56-year-old made headlines when he made his 16-year-old daughter Abi his mayoress for his year of office.

Council leader Mike Bird paid tribute to Mr Pitt, describing him as hard working and a popular member.

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