Labour councillors for Queens Park ward, Adrian Morris, Daniel Chapman and Karen Barford issue statement following the tragic passing of community activist, Chris Cooke.
“We are deeply saddened to hear about the death of our friend Chris Cooke following a fire in Essex Place.
“As a dedicated local campaigner, he focussed on LGBT and community issues, which were close to his heart. Chris stood as a local council candidate in 2011 and he was always a great support for the three of us.
“He was very active on Facebook and an invaluable source of information about community events.
“Two days before the tragic fire, he posted on Facebook encouraging people to join a new group called Kemptown in Bloom. Chris adored wild flowers and organised beautiful displays several years ago.
“His friends have suggested raising funds to sow more in his memory. We cannot think of a better way to commemorate two of his loves in life. Wild flowers and the community.
“We have included one of Chris’s photos of wild flowers in Kemp Town.
“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very difficult time.”
Karen, Daniel and Adrian