Councillor Hugh Walpole has retired from Utterby Parish Council after 45 years continuous service.
He was a founder member of the Parish Council, which began in 1968.
The present Council Chairman, Rod Must, paid tribute to Coun. Walpole’s extraordinary contribution to village affairs at the recent unveiling of a plaque recording his achievement in the Parish Rooms.
“There are few people who have done more for Utterby and even fewer who know more about the village. His continuous period of service on the Parish Council is unlikely to ever be surpassed.” he said.
Coun. Walpole came to the village in 1947 to farm at White House Farm. As well as becoming a busy farmer he immediately immersed himself in village life by becoming treasurer of the Parish Rooms Committee. As soon as the Parish Council was formed he became a founder member, and has spent many years as chairman and committee member of both these bodies.
He was also a District Councillor on the East Lindsey District Council for a number of years.
A keen photographer and local historian, Coun. Walpole will be sadly missed for his extensive local knowledge and experience.
Although standing down from the Council, he undertook to make himself available in an advisory capacity if needed.
Utterby Parish Council wish him well in his retirement.