Plaque unveiled to commemorate Swaledale councillor

Councillor Dale is pictured (back left) with Dorothy Beal, Councillor Stuart Parsons (back left) and Councillor John Blackie.

A plaque to commemorate the life of one of Richmondshire’s past councillors has been unveiled.

Richard Beal, who represented the Reeth and Arkengarthdale ward, died suddenly on 7 March.

He was first elected to the authority in February 2014 to fill the vacancy left following the death of his friend Bob Gale. Richard held his seat in 2015 – when he was also elected to Reeth Parish Council.

An avid gardener, walker and caravanner, Richard, aged 62, moved to the area from Tyneside over 20 years ago to run a hotel but was semi-retired when he died. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, and four stepchildren.

Chairman of the Council, Councillor Angie Dale, who unveiled the plaque, said: “Richard was only a colleague for a few years but he was a dedicated and hardworking councillor who was passionate about the communities he was elected to represent.

“We have placed this plaque in the garden of Mercury House to show our appreciation for his contribution to the district.”