Tributes given to ‘Mr Polegate’ as funeral is planned

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FUNERAL plans have been unveiled for a former Mayor known by his colleagues as ‘Mr Polegate’.

Cllr Roy Martin, who was Mayor from 1996 to 1998, died aged 86 after a short illnesss in the company of his family at home on May 30.

Town councillors and staff will join the funeral cortege outside Polegate Town Council offices at 11am and walk to St John’s church for the funeral service at 12pm noon on June 22 – the public are welcome to the church only. Then invited guests will get on board the National Express coach, named after Roy Martin in his honour earlier this year, to the crematorium and Reception.

Contact the Co-Op Funeral Care in Polegate High Street to give donations in memory of Cllr Martin to The Children with Cancer Fund and Cancer Research UK.

Town councillors and staff gave a tribute to Cllr Martin, giving their sincere condolences to his family and saying they will remember him with, ‘the greatest of affection’: -

“Having lived in the town for most of his 86 years, Roy gradually became an institution and to many residents he was simply ‘Mr Polegate’. Initially, Roy was best known for his jazz band, the Jazz Caverners and many will remember him leading Polegate Carnival as it processed down the High Street.

“He was later successfully elected on to the town, district and county councils and remained a committed councillor for nearly 30 years.

“Roy was the first ever recipient of the Polegate Civic Award, in recognition of him not only being a councillor but an active member of the Royal British Legion, a past governor at Polegate School and involvement in many other organisations too numerous to mention.”

The new Mayor of Polegate, Cllr Malcolm Cunningham, added: “Roy cared passionately about Polegate and the people who live here. He worked hard to ensure he put us on the map and one achievement of which he was most proud was being instrumental in getting a by-pass built around the town. Roy was never afraid to speak his mind but he also brought great humour to the proceedings.

“It was not unusual to be told, ‘it’s just hard luck, Donald Duck’.”