Tribute to Jean
12:41 02 April 2014
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.”