Former council chairman dies, aged 95

Photo from 1980
Photo from 1980
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FORMER Adur Council chairman Sydney Little has died at the age of 94.

A Lib Dem district councillor, West Sussex county councillor and Worthing Health Authority vice-chairman for many years, Mr Little died last week.

Well-known in the Kingston Buci ward, where he served as councillor from the early 1970s to the late 1990s, Mr Little had two terms as Adur chairman, in 1978/9 and 1980/1.

During his second term, he was proud to open Adur Civic Centre on September 27, 1980, and unveil a plaque.

He and his wife Doris moved to the Steyning area from London in 1941, when he was sent to work as an engineer in a munitions factory.

Daughter Beverley Rousset said: “He was not fit for active service because of asthma and a chronic stutter – a stutter which he eventually overcame with the help of a Steyning neighbour, Dudley Cowes, who had studied the work of Lionel Logue with King George VI.”

After the war, Mr Little joined Alistair Robertson-Aikman, the man who designed the world-famous SME hi-fi pick-up arm, as works manager at SME, and went on to hold the post for 40 years.

The family moved to Shoreham Beach in the early 1970s and Mr Little threw himself into local politics.

“He was actively supported by Doris, who delivered leaflets, took telephone messages and provided tea and cakes to many a committee,” aded Beverley.

Both were supporters of the Beach Residents’ Association and Shoreham lifeboat. They were also enthusiastic gardeners and members of Shoreham Horticultural Society.

Beverley said: “Syd never hesitated to try to raise a smile, as well as funds, for a cause he believed in, dressing up as a snowman to visit Shoreham pubs when collecting for Adur Warm Campaign, being covered in mud when starting a charity football match on the mud flats by the old footbridge, or conquering his seasickness to be photographed at sea in Shoreham’s lifeboat.”

Mrs Little died in 1996 and in 1999, Mr Little met and married Shirley, who survives him. Mr Little also leaves two daughters, Glynne and Beverley, four grandchildren and three great--grandchildren.