15th Dec, 2019

Alcester's Jubilee Centre to be renamed in honour of late councillor

Harry Leach 16th Nov, 2019

THE Jubilee Centre in Alcester is to be renamed the Eric Payne Community Centre in honour of the late Town and District Councillor.

Eric Payne died in October 2018 and was Alcester through and through, serving as a town councillor for 20 years, as Mayor twice in 2000 and 2006 plus he had also been the Stratford District Councillor for Alcester since 2007 and was chairman of the Council in 2011.

He was named as Alcester Citizen of the Year in 2017.

The name change was overwhelmingly approved at a full council meeting of Alcester Town Council on November 5.

In a statement the council said: “Eric was a much-loved figure in Alcester and well known throughout the town.

“Shortly after his death, the suggestion was made to change the name of the centre and this suggestion attracted lots of positive comments.

“Following a request from a member of the public at a Council meeting, the Town Council asked residents via the town newsletter to contact them with views and there was overwhelming support for the proposal.

“Following consultation with the family, the Town Council was delighted to approve the change of name.”

Town Clerk, Vanessa Lowe, added: “Eric worked tirelessly for the people of Alcester.

“He was known as ‘Mr Alcester’ as he was involved in so many activities.

“He was much loved as was shown by the huge turnout at his funeral and sadly missed by everyone but we hope that the renaming of the Centre will be a fitting tribute to someone who gave so much to the town.”

The official renaming of the centre will take place at the Mayor’s Awards Evening on November 29.

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