paid to former Burnham and Highbridge Mayor Neville Jones
have been paid to former Burnham-On-Sea Mayor and war veteran Neville
Jones OBE who passed away early on Tuesday.
a well-known face about Burnham and Highbridge, died peacefully
at home early this morning at the age of 94.
and Highbridge's Mayor, Cllr Michael Clarke, said: "Neville
put his heart and soul into Burnham and Highbridge - he pushed and
pushed for improvements in both towns over the years. He will be
missed by many across our two towns, having been a big part of many
local groups, and involved with all aspects of our local community."
Leader of Sedgemoor District Council, Cllr Duncan McGinty, added:
"Neville Jones was a larger-than-life character who felt passionately
for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge. Neville fought hard for what
he believed and his long career in local government had a lasting
influence on the local area we have today. Neville commanded a great
deal of respect both far and wide; he was one of a kind and will
be sadly missed."
was also a founding member of Burnham's rescue charity BARB, which
was formed as Burnham Area Rescue Boat in 1992. As the charity's
President, he spoke at the naming
ceremony for BARB's new Spirit Of Lelaina 2 hovercraft last
week, pictured above, which was his final formal function.
Newman, Chairman of BARB, said: "Neville will be greatly missed
by everyone at BARB - he was a huge supporter of our charity's life-saving
work, having been involved since the very beginning of the organisation
24 years ago. It was fitting, therefore, that his final function
was to attend the naming ceremony of our latest hovercraft last
weekend when he spoke of his pride at how successful the charity
is. We very much appreciate all Neville's work for BARB over the
World War II, he was a Sub Lieutenant onboard the carrier HMS Speaker,
the first Allied ship into Tokyo Bay during World War II. We featured
role in detail here during the 70th anniversary of VJ Day last year
when he was thanked for his service by the Duke Of Edinburgh, pictured
with a civic award for his community work last October in recognition
of his 30 years as a town councillor. During that time, he served
as Burnham and Highbridge's Mayor for four terms and was described
as a "driving force" behind many local groups.
wife, Margot, passed away in January 2015 following a brief illness.
The two had met in 1948 after a mobile hairdressing business set
up Neville for a blind date.
they married in 1949, pictured right, they bought a house
on the edge of the Cotswolds while Neville took his first steps
into local government, becoming the youngest member of Oxford County
Council at age 29.
there, they moved to Devon and ran two successful hotels. The couple
moved to Burnham in 1972, where Neville served on the town, district
and county councils and received an OBE in 1993. He had been Mayor
of Burnham and Highbridge four times, with Margot giving strong
support as Mayoress.
could never do the things I have achieved without her," said
Neville last year. "She spent a huge amount of time supporting
me and was the most excellent hostess with guests. She was a very
active Mayoress - I say that with pride - and was very energetic
in so many things. She never minded putting her hand into her purse
to help with hospitality, a standard that has been maintained ever
since. She loved being Mayoress and was very proud of the role."
and Neville meeting Prince Edward during his visit to BARB in 2014
couple arriving at the Burnham and Highbridge Civic Service in 2010