Council leader set to resume duties after heart attack

Council leader Barrie Grunewald is set to return to his role as council leader
Council leader Barrie Grunewald is set to return to his role as council leader

St Helens Council leader Barrie Grunewald is set to resume his duties just months after suffering a major heart attack while on a family holiday.

Coun Grunewald was taken ill while on holiday in Gran Canaria last October and spent several months in a Spanish hospital.

Deputy council leader Andy Bowden has taken over the reins during Coun Grunewald's illness

Deputy council leader Andy Bowden has taken over the reins during Coun Grunewald's illness

But it was announced today (Monday) he has informed council chief executive Michael Palin he is well enough to return to his role at the town hall.

Coun Grunewald returned to the UK just before Christmas.

While he was recovering from his illness, deputy leader Andy Bowden took over his responsibilities.

It has not been precisely when Coun Grunewald expects to return.

I am very pleased to be resuming my duties as Leader of the council

Council leader Barrie Grunewald

Coun Grunewald said: “I am very pleased to be resuming my duties as leader of the council.

“I feel I am now ready to focus once more on the job in hand and I am very much looking forward to taking up where I left off.

“I would also like to express my thanks and gratitude to the hospital and nursing staff who have helped me in my recovery, and to members of the public who have sent me their best wishes and kind words.”