Trib­ute paid to for­mer mayor

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - What’s On -

A minute’s si­lence was held at last week’s full coun­cil meet­ing in trib­ute to the late Tom Richards. Mr Richards had been a parish coun­cil­lor in Bid­den­den for 45 years, a mem­ber of Ash­ford coun­cil from 1973 to 1987, and was also mayor of the bor­ough from 1985 to 1986. The si­lence was led by Ash­ford’s cur­rent Mayor, Cllr David Smith. Mr Richards passed away at the age of 88 in Halden Heights nurs­ing home at High Halden on June 2 from pneu­mo­nia. He is sur­vived by his widow, Betty, sons Neil, Miles and Hugh, daugh­ter Clare and seven grand­chil­dren.

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