New town clerk for Bideford

Joseph Bulmer

A new town clerk will take over in Bideford on November 1.

Heather Blackburn, who has been deputy town clerk for the past seven years, will take over from George McLauchlan, who has held the post for the past 17 years.

She was chosen from 34 applicants.

Heather grew up and went to school in Bideford, although she left the town for 15 years while working for a global manufacturing company in Plymouth.

On returning to Bideford with her family, she took on the role of deputy town clerk, working alongside Mr McLauchlan.

Her husband Neil is the Bideford area group commander with the fire and rescue service and they have four children.

Heather said she is looking forward to the challenging role and would bring together her local government experience and that gained in the private sector, with the aim of providing an excellent service to both councillors and parishioners.

She said: “Bideford has such a lot to offer residents and visitors and the town council is committed to working with the community to achieve long lasting and tangible benefits for the town.”

Mayor of Bideford Cllr Trevor Johns said: “I am delighted Heather has been selected to take on the role and feel confident she will bring with her a great deal of professional expertise and knowledge as well as commitment to the town and council.”