Trees planted in mem­ory of coun­cil­lors

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Oak trees have been planted in mem­ory of two for­mer Ex­eter City coun­cil­lors.

David Mor­rish and his wife Joan Mor­rish, who be­tween them ded­i­cated 80 years of po­lit­i­cal ser­vice to Ex­eter and Devon, died ear­lier this year. David was 86 years old, and Joan 91.

The City Coun­cil wanted to pro­vide a last­ing and liv­ing mem­ory of the cou­ple by plant­ing a pair of oak trees in Heav­it­ree Plea­sure Ground, a park they were very fa­mil­iar with, which is si­t­u­ated within David’s for­mer ward.

Ex­eter Lord Mayor Cllr Rob Han­naford car­ried out the plant­ing in the pres­ence of David and Joan’s daugh­ter, Claire Thoro­good, her hus­band David and their grand­daugh­ter Emma. He paid trib­ute to the cou­ple’s pop­u­lar­ity, their tire­less work as coun­cil­lors and the legacy they had left in the city.

Claire said: “It is such a lovely ges­ture by Ex­eter City Coun­cil. I am sure the oak trees will be a true liv­ing me­mo­rial to Joan and David who were very proud and fond of Heav­it­ree.”

David served as a City Coun­cil­lor for Heav­it­ree and in 2011 was made a Free­man of the City. He amassed a to­tal of 50 years’ com­bined ser­vice on both Ex­eter City and Devon County Coun­cils.

Joan was a mem­ber of the City Coun­cil for 20 years, rep­re­sent­ing the St Loyes ward.

When she re­tired from pol­i­tics in 2012, she was the last re­main­ing Lib­eral on the City Coun­cil. She was Leader of the Lib­eral Group on the Coun­cil and served on the cross-party group that won uni­tary sta­tus for Ex­eter in 2010, only to have the de­ci­sion later re­versed. She was also a Devon County Coun­cil­lor for 10 years.

Away from pol­i­tics, Joan will also be re­mem­bered by hun­dreds of for­mer teach­ers and pupils at the for­mer St Thomas High School, where she was Deputy Head Teacher un­til her re­tire­ment in 1988.

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