The Funeral Service for Michael Dalton was well attended by family and friends of the town’s Past Mayor. Held at St. Clare’s Church on Friday 30th June, among the congregation was the Lord Lieutenant, Sue Snowdon, attending unofficially as a friend of the family. The Mayor of Great Aycliffe Wendy Hillary gave the eulogy commenting on how well Michael served the community despite his disability, earning the respect of all he met. Rev. Mike Dixon, a fellow Newton Aycliffe Rotarian, conducted the Service and praised Michael’s indomitable spirit. Local Civic dignitaries, Councillors and fellow members of various organisations including the PCP paid their respects, gathering in the Church hall for refreshments afterwards. Michael’s mother Mary, his fiance Sue, and her family, wish to acknowledge all the help, messages of sympathy and kindness shown in their bereavement.