West Lindsey District Council colleagues pay tribute to Councillor Chris Underwood-Frost
West Lindsey District Council colleagues of Councillor Chris Underwood-Frost who died of cancer on October 16 have paid tribute to him.
Leader of West Lindsey District Council, Cllr Jeff Summers said: "This very brave man not only served the people in his ward as district councillor and County Councillor but served his country in our military services.
“I met Chris in 2002, a strong personality with conviction in what he believed.
"He worked strenuously to provide for everyone, working almost to the end by chairing so professionally the planning committee.
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"I was so pleased we were able to present him with his service to West Lindsey award before he said goodbye."
Chairman of the council, Cllr Irmgard Parrott said: "Chris will be sadly missed as a friend and as a councillor. He did a great job as the chairman of the planning committee, making a huge difference. We will all miss him."
Cllr David Cotton said: "For all the time I have known Chris, some fourteen years, he has fought and battled against cancer.
"Who among us would not have given up and succumbed a long while ago, but his testament is that wasn't Chris's style but battling on and serving others while doing it was."
Cllr Diana Rodgers said there was more to Cllr Underwood-Frost than many could have known.
She said: “He was a singer, and he learned to roller skate. That was to do with ‘Starlight Express’.
"Chris went to the same singing coach as Sarah Brightman; he auditioned for a leading role in Les Miserable, and was a close friend of Phantom of the Opera singer Barry James.
"In other words: Councillor Underwood Frost was in West End Theatre.
"That was after his four year Army Career in as a Grenadier Guardsman, where he was noted as ‘an outstanding marksman’.
“There were many facets to the life of Christopher Underwood-Frost: many in the public domain; but in private Chris was fighting a battle against cancer that needed the courage of a soldier and the presence of theatrical when the show had to go on."