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Tributes for two former city councillors

Tributes are being paid to two former Swansea councillors who have passed away within days of each other.

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Byron Owen and John Hague, both former cabinet members played significant roles in developing the city during the time they served as public figures.

Mr Owen served the Mynyddbach and Penderry wards for 36 years. He was Lord Mayor in 1991 and was also the Cabinet Member for Development where he played significant roles in the development of the Liberty Stadium and the Wales National Pool.

Mr Hague took up his role as a councillor in 1996, serving his home community of Bonymaen and played a key role in the city, taking up the position of Deputy Leader from 2004 - 2008. He was also the Cabinet Member for Environment in the city and was instrumental in the redevelopment of the city's main bus station. John stepped down as a serving councillor in 2012.

Rob Stewart, Leader of Swansea Council, said: "I'm deeply saddened to learn of the death of two very influential former councillors I had the pleasure of working alongside.

"Both played a huge part in shaping Swansea with their respective roles as cabinet members. They also worked tirelessly, serving their own communities, making sure the people in their wards were well represented and had a voice.

"My thoughts are with the families of John and Byron at this difficult time, as well as all the many people who knew them and worked with them to make Swansea a better place to live."

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