Bideford in need of TLC, says new Mayor

BIDEFORD S new Mayor, Cllr Philip Pester, was born and bred in the town and hopes during his year of office to give it the bit of TLC he feels that it needs. Mr Pester, 67, is in his fourth year as a Conservative councillor for both the town and distric

BIDEFORD'S new Mayor, Cllr Philip Pester, was born and bred in the town and hopes during his year of office to give it the "bit of TLC" he feels that it needs.

Mr Pester, 67, is in his fourth year as a Conservative councillor for both the town and district councils and has been deputy mayor for the past year.

He told the Gazette that during his mayoralty he intended to continue on his platform of tidying up Bideford.

"Some areas have been done, but there are still a lot left to tidy up," he said. "I hope we can give Bideford a bit of TLC."


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Born in the town, he attended the local Church Infants and Junior Schools and then Geneva Secondary School before moving on to the North Devon College.

An apprenticeship in plumbing followed with a Barnstaple firm before a career in building management which took him away to Somerset for four years.

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He returned to work at Bideford Shipyard for 10 years until its closure in 1979 and then went back into the building industry locally on his own account until retirement two years ago.

Mr Pester has been chairman of Bideford Conservative Club for the past seven years and has served on the committee of the Bideford Macmillan Nurses for 10 years. He was a founder member of Bideford Male Voice Choir and is musical director of its successor Torridge Male Voice Choir.

In his younger days he played for Bideford Town Junior Band and won under-18s and novice championships with Bideford Amateur Rowing Club.

Mr Pester is married, with two children and three grandchildren. Cllr Trevor Johns is to be the deputy mayor.year.

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