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Stockton Council's conference suite renamed in memory of former council leader

Friday, April 20, 2012

The conference facility in Stockton's new state-of-the-art library has been renamed the 'Jim Cooke Conference Suite' in memory of one of Stockton Council's former Leaders.

Family and friends of the late Jim Cooke joined Stockton Council’s Cabinet members in the Library Conference Facility yesterday (19 April) to see the Mayor of Stockton, Councillor Lynne Apedaile, unveil a plaque to commemorate the former Labour councillor.

Jim was born in Stockton-on-Tees in 1926. He joined the Labour Party in 1947 and was elected to Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council in 1957.

He was Leader of the Council between 1983 and 1990 and was also Mayor of Stockton in 1979.

In 1991 Jim was given Freedom of the Borough of Stockton-on-Tees and in 2006 he became an Honorary Alderman.

Leader of Stockton Council, Councillor Bob Cook said: "Jim Cooke was passionate about Stockton Borough and was committed to working tirelessly for the people who lived here.

"What better way to remember him than to rename a facility much used by the Council and community in his honour?"

Stockton Central Library re-opened last November after a £1.9 million refurbishment which has seen it transformed into a first class community facility providing a customer service centre, ICT facilities, a vast range of books and E-books as well as the Jim Cooke Conference Suite which can be booked for meetings and events.