Tribute to Jean

PUBLISHED: 12:41 02 April 2014 | UPDATED: 12:41 02 April 2014

Jean Mitchell memorial

Jean Mitchell memorial

Archant

A lasting tribute to one of Exmouth’s ‘guiding hands’ Councillor Jean Mitchell, has been unveiled.

Friends and colleagues of the former Deputy Mayor convened at the Manor Gardens on Saturday, for a short ceremony and the unveiling of a brass plaque.

The tributes were led by Deputy Mayor Bill Nash at the performance stage which Jean, who died last summer aged 78, was credited with securing for Exmouth.

Cllr Nash said: “I am privileged, to represent Exmouth Town Council for the unveiling of this commemorative plaque in memory of Jean Mitchell.

“Jean came to Exmouth with in 1973 where Jean became involved in the activities of the town and was a founder member of the present Exmouth Town Council, when it was founded in 1996.

“Many of the things we find in Exmouth today have had Jean’s guiding hand on them - from being a founder member of Fair Trade to the various sub committees she sat on, the skate boarding area and tennis courts in Phear Park, and the gym equipment there and also on the sea front.

“As Jean had a keen interest in drama and music she became a founder member of The Exmouth Festival and was responsible for this performance stage in Manor Gardens.

“So it is right and fitting that this commemorative plaque is displayed on this performance stage.

“Jean will be remembered for many things and not least her clear thinking, sense of purpose and unselfish commitment to the community she was part of.”

Jean’s husband Councillor Malcolm Mitchell said: “It was one year after the election we decided to go away for the weekend.

“One day we went to Kingsbridge, and as we were driving along we saw something like this performance stage.

“Jean said ‘that’s what we want’.

“When we got back to Exmouth Jean and (and former town clerk) John Wokersien went to see the clerk at Kingsbridge and that’s how we got the stage.”

Friend and colleague Councillor Eileen Wragg said: “She was always scrupulously fair and concerned with equality and justice.

“She lived her life as a caring person with deeply held Christian

beliefs, and always practised what she preached.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

An inquest into the death of Topsham rugby player Lily Partridge has concluded the 22-year-old’s death was accidental

Read more
15:57

Local scout groups parade through Beer.

Read more

An ex-professional footballer from Spain has been jailed for 11 years for abusing five boys while in Britain.

Read more

Armed police were called out to an address in Exmouth on Wednesday, April 26.

Read more
06:30

An Exmouth man has received an award from the RNLI in recognition of more than 40 years of fundraising.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:13

See our slideshow tribute to Exmouth’s vintage vehicle enthusiast - Reg Imray.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:34

Police are making enquiries to find the owner of a car which was found in a bank near Woodbury Country Park.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:22

Exmouth photographer, Nathan Richmond, captured this beautiful picture of a floral display in Manor Gardens and wins our iwitness24 photo challenge.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30

Tributes have been paid to intrepid deaf pensioner Reg Imray, who died at his Exmouth home aged 94.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:40

East Devon MP Sir Hugo Swire is one of seven Devon MPs who have signed a letter written to the Prime Minister asking her to make sure no school in Devon is ‘worse off’.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 1°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications