DRIVER’S DAY: Civic chauf­feur is among those hon­oured

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

FOR more than a dozen years, Richard Vella from Ken­ning­ton has been Ash­ford’s mace bearer and of­fi­cial chauf­feur look­ing af­ter a suc­ces­sion of civic heads. Last week he found the ta­bles turned and he was the VIP guest, with Mayor and May­oress Norman and He­len Ayres tak­ing a lesser role, in a visit to the Kent Mes­sen­ger Group’s head­quar­ters at Lark­field, where the Ken­tish Ex­press is printed. Mr Vella was wel­comed by KM Group chair­man Geral­dine Allinson with other of­fi­cial driv­ers from across Kent, and es­corted inside for a three­course board­room lunch and pre­sented with a paper­weight gift. Mean­while, Cllr and Mrs Ayres and 25 fel­low may­ors were rel­e­gated to an­other room for tea and cake, be­fore a short tour of the op­er­a­tions. The event fol­lows a tra­di­tion started by for­mer KM Group chair­man Ed­win Boor­man. Mr Vella said: “Like her fa­ther, Mrs Allinson was charm­ing and we all greatly ap­pre­ci­ate this an­nual out­ing, as it is good to know that our ef­forts are ap­pre­ci­ated at the high­est level.”

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Mayor of Ash­ford Norman Ayres and May­oress He­len Ayres with driver Richard Vella

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