In­flu­en­tial ex-mayor dies

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Family Announcements - by Mike Ben­nett mben­nett@thek­m­

BERNARD Moor­man, one of Ash­ford’s most in­flu­en­tial po­lit­i­cal fig­ures over the decades, has died in the Pil­grims Hospice at the age of 76.

From his days as a Young Con­ser­va­tive, he de­vel­oped into a for­mi­da­ble pub­lic speaker at county and na­tional con­fer­ences.

Work­ing in man­age­ment in the build­ing trade, he started with Frank Knock builders and un­der­tak­ers in New Street, Ash­ford, and con­tin­ued as a man­ager with Bar­wick’s at their South Ash­ford base. But he was al­ways des­tined for a po­lit­i­cal ca­reer and was in­volved in many of the key de­ci­sions that led to the ex­pan­sion of the town.


He was elected an Ash­ford ur­ban coun­cil­lor and, af­ter lo­cal gov­ern­ment re­or­gan­i­sa­tion in the 1970s, served with dis­tinc­tion as an Ash­ford bor­ough coun­cil­lor and coun­cil leader. He was also a mag­is­trate.

As Mayor of Ash­ford in 1990-91 he wel­comed Princess Anne to the town, and Diana, Princess of Wales, dur­ing her visit to open Ten­ter­den Leisure Cen­tre.

His home was in Wall Road in the heart of Ash­ford, but much of his time in re­tire­ment was spent fol­low­ing his pas­sion for life on the wa­ter, cruis­ing on his boat on the Nor­folk Broads with his sec­ond wife, Sylvia.

His cre­ma­tion will be held in pri­vate but a memo­rial ser­vice will be held at Ash­ford Parish Church on Fri­day, April 3, at 2.30pm, with do­na­tions in his mem­ory go­ing to Ash­ford Pil­grims Hospice via fu­neral direc­tors Earl & Co in Willes­bor­ough.

Bernard Moor­man watches Princess Diana sign the vis­i­tors’ book at Ten­ter­den Leisure Cen­tre dur­ing his time as mayor

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