A TOWN clerk has retired after 18 years service to the town.
Robert Nash started working for Leamington Town Council in 2002 and now leaves age 63.
He says there have been numerous interesting moments during his service, which include overseeing council debates to getting locked inside the mayor’s parlour inside the town hall.
His varied duties as town clerk have included diverting traffic on Remembrance Sunday to serving tea and cakes at an international food market in Bruhl in Germany – Leamington’s twin town.
Robert said: “After 18 years as town clerk I shall certainly miss both the challenges of the role and the many people it has been my pleasure to have met.
“The role is dependent on developing effective partnerships with a wide variety of organisations and individuals and in that regard I have been very well served during my time in Leamington.
“The town faces many challenges, as indeed do many communities across the country. However Leamington has always risen to such challenges and through its strong sense of community I am sure it will continue to do so.”
And Leamington mayor Susan Rasmussen paid tribute on behalf of the council.
She said: “For eighteen years you have dedicated yourself to the town council and the people of Leamington, and during that time have given outstanding service to our community.
“One lasting legacy is the neighbourhood plan, which will protect our open spaces, parks and gardens from overdevelopment. It now just awaits the opportunity for residents to approve it formally. Your other achievements and attributes are too many to list here, but some of my longer-serving colleagues spoke warmly of them during our farewell ceremony. A group of former mayors also sent their best wishes, so I know I am not alone in having benefitted from your experience and sage advice.
“All your colleagues and friends at Leamington Town Council join me in wishing you a happy and busy retirement.”