Tamworth Country Music Festival stalwarts and former mayors pay respect to civic leader David John

HONOURED: David John remembered for vision for the city.

HONOURED: David John remembered for vision for the city.

Vale David John

TRIBUTES for David John have continued to pour in, with locals crediting modern Tamworth to his vision.

Tamworth Country Music Festival stalwart Max Ellis remembered Mr John as “strong but fair man” who “clearly saw the value to the community of the Country Music Capital concept”.

Mr John, who served as mayor of Tamworth City Council from 1987 to 1995, passed away recently aged 83.

Mr Ellis said the former mayor paved the way for the construction of the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre.

“Today’s Tamworth owes so much to the vision of David John,” he said.

Mr John’s mayoral predecessor Warwick Bennet said there was much more to his former deputy’s legacy than the beautified Peel St.

“There are many other achievements which contributed greatly to Tamworth becoming the modern and progressive city it is today,” he said.

There will be a memorial service on Friday.