A HOUSE-BUILDER together with Alcester Town Council have commemorated six former Mayors at a street naming ceremony.
Current Mayor, Coun Vaughan Blake was joined at the development by friends and families of the former Mayors, members of the Town Council and staff from Bloor Homes, before each of the new street name signs were officially unveiled with their own ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Coun Blake said: “It gives me great pleasure to perform the road naming ceremony commemorating past Mayors of Alcester.
“Each of the six new roads is named after a former Town Councillor, who has fulfilled the role of Mayor of the Town Council.”
Mayors Drive, the main route through the Northern Phase has six roads branching from it, named: Weatherhead Close, after Wendy Weatherhead; Cumberbatch Close, after Lennox Cumberbatch; Madge Close, after Mary Madge; Cargill Close, after Marion Cargill – first Mayor of Alcester; Malin Close, after Bill Malin, who was also Town Crier from 1963 -1988; and Payne Drive, after Eric Payne.
Coun Blake added: “The Parish Council was originally formed in 1894 becoming Alcester Town Council in 1976.
“At that time, we had a chair of the Council and it was not until 1987 that we had our first Mayor, Mrs Marion Cargill, who was formally appointed Mayor part way through the year.
“The naming of these six roads after past Mayors represents the respect for the hard work and dedication shown by the individuals concerned.”
A further seven streets on the Southern phase will also commemorate members of the community who have been nominated by members of the public for making a positive impact on Alcester.
Steve Roberts, managed director at Bloor Homes’ Western region, said: “We are proud of our partnership with Alcester Town Council and it is a real privilege to honour the former Mayors through this initiative.
“We look forward to unveiling the street names in the Southern phase when Alcester Park nears completion, and to welcoming their friends and families to celebrate the new street names there when the time comes.”