Dozens of people have attended a special function this week to mark the retirement of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge’s Town Clerk.

Denise Emery is retiring at the end of this month after 15 years at the Town Council. New clerk Tatiana Cant has been appointed to take on the role.

Over 30 councillors, colleagues, friends and former councillors attended a function in the Town Council Chambers on Wednesday evening (March 22nd) when Denise was thanked for her work over the years.

Mayor and Mayoress Michael and Maria Clarke thanked Denise for her “superb work over the years” alongside Deputy Mayor Bill Hancock and his wife Francis, as pictured above.

Denise was wished well for her retirement and presented with several gifts including flowers and artwork.

Denise has seen the Town Council through a busy period over the last four years, which included the town centre improvements project in Burnham-On-Sea.

“I joined the council in 2002 as an admin assistant and later became deputy clerk. I became Town Clerk four years ago and will miss the role – it’s been very busy, from keeping up with the latest council legislation and documents to overseeing the council’s buildings.”

“I’m now planning to take a few months off, spending more time with my family and then doing more craftwork in my retirement. I also hope to start a new venture selling ‘memory flowers’ which are craft flowers made of clothing fabric in memory of people who have passed away.”

The new Town Clerk, Tatiana started her role at the beginning of March to allow for a month-long handover. She was previously Parish Clerk in Cheddar and also previously worked in council roles in Martock and Totnes.

Four town clerks – Eileen Shaw, Denise Emery, Pauline Pollard and Tatiana Cant