Fond memories of Larne Councillor Rachel Rea

Former Larne Borough Council member Rachel Rea. INLT-28-714-con
Former Larne Borough Council member Rachel Rea. INLT-28-714-con

Tributes have continued to pour in to Larne Borough Council member Rachel Rea MBE, who passed away at the age of 93 on July 6.

Carnalbanagh woman Mrs Rea served on the former local authority for almost 30 years, and was Deputy Mayor on two occasions.

Coast Road TUV Councillor Ruth Wilson stated: “I would like to pay tribute to Rachel Rea, one of the first women in local politics with 35 years respected and distinguished service to our local community.”

Many local councillors took to social media to pay their respects.

Alderman Maureen Morrow called Mrs Rea “a great wee lady who worked hard for all the people of Larne and Carnalbana for many years.”

“She always spoke her mind and didn’t suffer fools lightly-she left a large pair of shoes to fill,” she added.

“It was a pleasure knowing her.”

Councillor Gerardine Mulvenna added: “RIP Rachel.

“A true lady, we were the only two female councillors for a number of years and (she) was a great friend.

“Her independent and “can do” attitude was an inspiration.”

Former Larne Borough Council member Roy Craig described Mrs Rea as “a lady.”

Meanwhile, Mrs Rea’s niece, PIPS Larne chairperson and secretary Carlee Letson, commented: “She worked hard for all her constituents, regardless of their background or religion and as a result she won the respect of people from right across the community.

“Your work is done Aunt Rachel.”