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Former Councillor and Mayor, Mick Beesley

Former Councillor and Mayor, Mick Beesley

It was with great sadness that the Town Council and staff received the news of the death of former Councillor and Mayor of the town, Mick Beesley. Mick was a dedicated Councillor for 12 years until May 2015 and served as Mayor in 2007/08, carrying out his duties with pride and great respect for others.

Mick was elected as a Bedesman to the town in 2008 and later received the honour of being appointed as the Prior to the Bedesmen. Passionate about keeping the towns ancient civic traditions he took joy in wearing the ceremonial Bedesman cloak with red star for civic occasions and for their feast day in December, that of St. Thomas, when he would join with fellow Bedesmen and the Bedeswoman for a service in St. Mary's Church before adjourning for a cooked meal in the Bede House to sit by the roaring log fire and reminisce of former times. He served as Prior to the Bedesmen until 2019 when, unfortunately, he stepped down due to ill health.

Born in Higham Ferrers, one of six children, Mick gained employment as a butcher, working initially for the Co-op butchers located at the time on College Street. He was a well known and well liked member of the community and always enjoyed sport. In his younger days he was a keen member, and player, of the football and cricket clubs and is remembered as a formidable fast bowler.

Until ill health prevented him doing so, you would always see Mick and his wife, Maureen, walking through the Farmers Market, stopping and talking to so many people; there were not many people that Mick did not know. He was a true gentleman who was greatly admired and who will be sorely missed. Our thoughts at this time go to Maureen and his family.

Posted: Tue, 18 Jan 2022 13:33 by Emily Arrow

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