MORE then three decades of commitment to the town sees the planting of a tree for a retired town clerk.

Bevirs Law - a legal company - planted an oak tree in Marlowe Way to mark the 30 years of service given to the town by Johnathan Bourne. Along with a plaque donated by ASF signs.

He retired in July 2020 from his long-standing role as town clerk, who supported the town during the repatriations and the town receiving its royal status.

His leadership has resulted in the town council achieving the Local Council Award Scheme Gold Award making it one of the top 50 town councils in the country.

The socially distanced ceremony was attended by Johnathan and Deborah Bourne, Sonyia Woolnough, partner at Bevirs Law, the mayor Nic Hughes and mayoress, Sue Hughes, Grant Larking from ASF signs, Michelle Temple, administrative services manager, and members of the Town Council Grounds Team who helped plant the tree.

Sonyia said: “I have been very privileged to work with Johnathan for many years and thought that an oak tree would be a fitting way to celebrate his many years of calm professionalism and public service. I am grateful and pleased that the Town Council gave permission for the oak tree to be planted.”