Charles Scott

CHARLES Scott, who was one of the best known people in Ryedale, where he served on the district council for 20 years, including being elected its chairman, has died at the age of 81.

Mr Scott, of Appleton-le-Moors, near Pickering, was also a member of the North York Moors National Park Authority and a founder member of Ryedale Festival.

He was born in Huddersfield, but moved to Ryedale when his parents took over the King's Head Hotel in Kirkbymoorside. He began a career in the police and served at Scarborough, York, Dishforth and Guisborough, where he was promoted to sergeant.

When boundaries changed, Mr Scott became a member of Cleveland Police and was a prosecuting officer at South Bank in Middlesbrough before taking on the role of full-time prosecutor at Middlesbrough Magistrates' Court.

Mr Scott served the Dales ward on Ryedale District Council until 2003. After his retirement he was made one of the authority's honorary aldermen in recognition of his long service. He was particularly proud of campaigning for Rosedale to be given a sewage scheme and for Gillamoor to retain its spring water supply.

Ryedale District Council chairman John Raper said: "Charles was one of life's gentlemen and will be sadly missed. He was someone who quietly got on with the job and well served the people who elected him."

He was a trustee of the Charles Dickens (Malton) Society which aims to open the Old Counting House in Chancery Lane as a tourist attraction. Dickens had links to Malton through his friendship with the solicitor Charles Smithson.

Mr Scott's interests included fly-fishing and restoring antiques and classic cars. He leaves a widow, Betty, four daughters, Angela, Vanessa, Fiona and the television presenter Selina, and a son, Robin.

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