Breckland Council to name room in honour of former council leader Cliff Jordan

Cliff Jordan, who was leader of Norfolk County Council. from May 2016 to May 2018. Pic: Submitted

Cliff Jordan, who was leader of Norfolk County Council. from May 2016 to May 2018. Pic: Submitted - Credit: Submitted

Breckland Council have named their main meeting room in honour of former council leader Cliff Jordan.

Mr Jordan served as Norfolk county council leader for two years from May 2016 to May 2018 but was forced to step down when he was diagnosed with lung cancer and died just weeks later at the age of 73.

Breckland council decided on Thursday morning that they would rename the room at Breckland's main office in his honour, with councillors quickly approving the proposal to do so.

A statement from Breckland Council read: 'To recognise the massive contribution Cliff Jordan gave to the Breckland area, councillors agreed this week that their meeting room at the Council's head office will be named 'The Jordan Room' in his honour.'

'A minute's silence held in respect for the long-serving councillor and former Breckland council leader then followed. A number of members from across the council paid tributes to Mr Jordan, shared memories and commented on the significant legacy he has left not just within the district but across the county.'

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Cliff Jordan's son Spencer is glad to see his father's work in the local community being recognised and praised Breckland Council for their gesture.

He said: 'My brothers and I feel immense pride of all the things our dad achieved to help the local community in Norfolk through his political career and to be recognised in this way is overwhelming.

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'Dad would be so touched that his memory and his name lives on in Breckland Council.'

Mr Jordan's funeral took place on Friday July 6 at St Nicholas Church in Dereham, where friends and family gathered to pay tribute to him. His son Spencer described him as a 'Norfolk boy who was true blue through and through and a larger-than-life character.'

He served on Breckland District Council from May 1991 until May 2015 and led the authority from 1998 to 2005. From 2001 he served on the county council.

The room is not yet open and is currently being refurbished but once the work is complete, will be opened under its new name.

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