Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Northam honours former mayors

17:02 17 October 2012

Three times Mayor of Northam, Keith Evers, is presented with his award of honorary alderman for Northam by the current Mayor, Councillor Jane Whittaker.

Three times Mayor of Northam, Keith Evers, is presented with his award of honorary alderman for Northam by the current Mayor, Councillor Jane Whittaker.

Archant

Town council appoints two of its long serving former councillors as honorary aldermen.

NORTHAM Town Council has honoured two well known and respected former mayors by making them honorary aldermen.

In recognition of the hard work and many years of service by Keith Evers and Richard Bradford MBE, the council has for the first time used its right to grant them the title.

Both held the position of leading councillor three times between 1970 and 2000, Mr Evers first as chairman of the old Northam Urban District Council from 1971-72, then serving as mayor on the town council in 1982-83 and 1990-91.

On Thursday he was presented with his accolade at a special ceremony attended by councillors, friends and family.

Mr Bradford will received his tomorrow (Thursday) in a similar ceremony at Northam Council Offices at 11.30am. He held the role of mayor between 1980-81, 1992-93 and from 1999-2000.

At Thursday’s presentation, Councillor Andrew Eastman said it was an honour and a privilege for him to be there and a historic day for the town council as it exercised its right to appoint honorary aldermen for the first time.

The Mayor, Cllr Jane Whittaker, added: “I think we are delighted to bestow this upon Keith. It is something quite significant, but only people who have contributed significantly to this council are honoured in this way,”

Mr Evers, 96, first joined the urban district council in 1964 and was as leading member of the community for decades. He was the founder member of Northam Twinning Association.

The former army officer met his late wife Joan while still in the army and they had four children, of whom Keith’s son Ralph and twin daughters Marian and Gwyneth were at the presentation ceremony. His other son Stephen lives in South Africa.

After receiving his accolade, Mr Evers said: “It came out of the blue, I didn’t know anything about it – in fact I had never known there was such a thing.

“It is a tremendous honour, although I have not really done very much myself, I don’t think.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 13:22

The public has until March 2 to have their say on the options for the pedestrian and cycle bridge over the River Taw

Read more
Yesterday, 17:24

What do you do if you find a stranded seal? As two are released at Combe Martin after staying at Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park, the RSPCA offers advice to anyone who finds a stranded seal

Read more
Yesterday, 17:02

Peter Heaton-Jones was debating fair funding for Devon alongside the county’s MPs in Westminster Hall yesterday (Wednesday)

Read more
Yesterday, 17:02

North Devon Council agreed a motion last night (Wednseday) to put pressure on the Government to change its new proposals for education funding, with many schools facing reduced budgets

Read more
Yesterday, 15:52

A specialist rescue team was called to Harracott to rescue a bullock stuck in a slurry pit this morning (Thursday).

Read more
Yesterday, 14:00

There is still chance to nominate your inspirational North Devonians – have your say before February 4.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:01

Topshop in Green Lanes, Barnstaple, closed its doors for the final time on Saturday.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:07

Deliveries, online sales and maybe a new shop are the targets for Tom Honey and his successful Stoned business

Read more
Yesterday, 10:05

Harley and Daisy cannot be parted and Dogs Trust Ilfracombe needs to find a home for them both

Read more
Wed, 19:15

The Barnstaple branch of Northern Devon Foodbank has had new security fixtures donated and fitted after a Christmas break-in

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 5°C

min temp: -2°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications