OUTGOING Pershore mayor Charles Tucker said meeting Her Majesty The Queen and the re-opening the town’s new library were his highlights during his time at the helm.
Coun Tucker officially handed over the gold chain to new mayor Coun Tony Rowley on Thursday (May 8) ending his two-year reign in the prestigious position.
Since becoming Mayor for the first time in May 2012, Coun Tucker has been part of several important projects for the town including overseeing the refurbishment of Pershore’s new and improved library which re-opened last year and helping to
launch the Northern Link campaign which aims to create a new and much-needed access route into the town.
And in recent months, Coun Tucker has helped drive a campaign to keep Pershore’s under threat buses going with Worcestershire County Council looking to make significant savings costs.
“It’s been an extremely enjoyable time as Pershore mayor and I have loved every moment,” he told the Observer.
“If anybody told me when I first joined the council 30 years ago I would become mayor I would have told them their head
needed examining. But it’s been great to lead the council and be part of some major projects.
“Meeting Her Majesty The Queen in Worcester as part of the Jubilee celebrations was a special highlight I’ll never forget and seeing Pershore have a new library fit for the 21st Century was another great highlight.
“Its opening was one of the proudest of my days as Mayor and a day that showed Pershore Town Council was recognised and respected across Worcestershire as a forward-looking council, capable of delivering a substantial project within budget and
to a high standard.”
And speaking at the meeting Coun Tucker paid tribute to town clerk Ann Dobbins for her hard and dedicated work during his time as mayor.
“None of the council’s success could have been achieved without the huge efforts of our town clerk Ann Dobbins,” he said.
“Ann has created a stable environment for her staff at the library and the Town Hall which is working very well.”
During his time as mayor Coun Tucker has helped raised more than £8,000 to the Acquired Aphasia Trust and about £1,800 for the town’s Riverside Youth Centre.
New mayor Coun Rowley paid tribute to his predecessor. “Charles Tucker has been a good and affective mayor for Pershore,”
“It has been a pleasure to see him work in such an affective manor in terms of leading the council and also raising a lot of money for his chosen charities.”