Council / Tributes paid after death of former North Isles councillor Laura Baisley

Former councillor Laura Baisley.

TRIBUTES have been paid to former councillor Laura Baisley who died recently.

She represented the North Isles for five years after being elected in 2007.

Fellow councillor Cecil Smith said he was sorry to hear of her passing and expressed his condolences to her family.

He said he remembered Laura Baisley as a very good and straight-talking councillor who “was not frightened to ask the right questions” and was determined to do the best for her constituency.

Current North Isles councillor Ryan Thomson said Baisley was a “passionate voice” for the ward and for Shetland.

“As one of my first bosses at the Telecroft at Hagdale in Unst back in 2002/2003, she was inspirational and one of those few people who, whenever you were in their company, you learned something,” he said.

“In Laura’s case, you usually learned a lot. She achieved a lot for the North Isles, what sticks out most personally in my mind during her time in the council was her passion and drive to make sure the new Mid Yell Junior High School build went ahead.”

Council convener Andrea Manson is due to pay tribute at the next meeting of the full council on 21 November.

Her funeral will be held in the Mid Yell public hall on Saturday 28 October.

Lerwick Town Hall will fly the flag at half-mast as a mark of respect.

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