Influential ex-mayor dies
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