I was very saddened to hear that Tehmtan Framroze has died (5th January 2017). Tehm was a Borough and City Councillor over many years representing the Labour Party in the old Stanmer Ward. He was Mayor of Brighton in 1994/95.
Tehm was born in Zanzibar and was a Zoroastrian by faith, two things he had in common with Freddie Mercury! He worked for many years at the library at the University of Sussex.
During his time as a councillor, he chaired the Housing Committee and was very concerned with standards in the private rented sector. During his year as Mayor he formally opened a BHT development of 57 homes in Hollingdean. His interest in housing remained with him throughout his life. The last time I saw him, in the same nursing home as my late mother-in-law, we spoke about housing and, though physically frail, his mind was as sharp as ever.
With the late Conservative councillor, Doreen Radford, Tehm and I were members of the Film Viewing Working Party that infamously banned the film ‘9½ Weeks’ from public cinemas in Brighton. As Chair of the Working Group Tehm had to defend our decision from headlines like “Too saucy for the seaside” and the condemnation of Barry Norman on ‘Film 86’.
Tehm never gave up on his passion for justice and socialism. I can still close close my eyes and hear his booming voice declare “Comrades, we are on the threshold of socialism”. Sadly Tehm has not lived to see the day he longed for, but in his unique way, he touched many lives and made a difference.
Towards the end of his life – the last few years were not at all easy – he was cared for diligently and bravely by Marian, his devoted wife. My thoughts are with her in her terrible loss.