Unanimous vote for Alderman Evans

PUBLISHED: 16:58 24 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:14 10 June 2010

A FORMER Topsham councillor has received the highest honour by the city council and been named honorary alderman

A FORMER Topsham councillor has received the highest honour by the city council and been named honorary alderman.

Former Topsham councillor Mary Evans, described by residents as a "generous, first class lady", was unanimously declared honourary alderman by Exeter City Council.

Mrs Evans, who served as councillor for 14 years, was given the title in recognition for her outstanding contribution to the council and to the town.

As alderman she will represent the community and will be a part of civic ceremonies including the incoming and outgoing Mayor's services.

The 61-year-old, of Victoria Road, said: "I'm thrilled - it's a tremendous honour as there are only 16 aldermen.

"As alderman I will be at all the ceremonies and I also have the honour of being allowed to herd sheep through the streets of Exeter - although I doubt the police will let me!"

Mrs Evans was born in Topsham on January 12, 1933, and studied at Bath University, only moving back to Topsham in 1988 to look after her sick father.

In May, 1994, she was elected conservative councillor for the Topsham ward.

Francis Luscombe, who has known her since she was a schoolgirl, said: "She put her heart and soul into the job of a councillor.

"She took a very active part in the community associations like the Estuary League of Friends.

"She still drives elderly ladies to the hospital and to the surgery."

The chairman of the Topsham Community Association and friend of 20 years, Margaret Butt, said: "It's a very well-deserved honour for her and for the town.

"Mary used her experience and her knowledge to help the town, especially in the improvement of the recreation ground and in providing equipment for the young people."

Mrs Evans will be presented with her gowns and officially sworn in on February 6 at 12pm at the Guildhall in Exeter.

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