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Local councillor dies from cancer

Frank Ellis
Frank Ellis was an SNP member for the Monifieth and Sidlaw ward

Angus councillor Frank Ellis, who represented the Monifieth and Sidlaw ward, has died of cancer.

The SNP member had served on the council since its inception in 1996, having previously been a councillor with Tayside Regional Council.

As a mark of respect to the 59-year-old, the flags above Town and County Hall in Forfar will fly at half mast until his funeral.

A date has not yet been confirmed for a by-election.

Provost of Angus Ruth Leslie Melville said: "Frank was a tireless local councillor, devoting his time and energy to serve the people of Angus over many years.

"He was a true champion of rural areas and there was no mistaking the passion and conviction with which he spoke in the council chamber on housing and development issues in particular.

"It was a mark of the man that despite his illness, which he bore with dignity and humour, he remained an active member of the council until very recently.

"He was a credit to Angus Council and will be sorely missed by all elected members and officers of the council. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sad time."

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