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Chairman pays tribute to former district councillor and Mayor of Kidderminster

News release issued:

Tributes have been paid to former Wyre Forest District Council councillor, Ken Stokes who sadly passed away on the morning of Monday 1 March.

Ken was a councillor for 15 years on Wyre Forest District Council and was first elected as a Labour councillor for Broadwaters ward in 1996 but within a year switched to Independent Community and Health Concern.

He was also the Mayor of Kidderminster from 2002 to 2003 and played an active role in the community being Chairman of Governors at St Oswald’s School and chairing both the Kidderminster War Memorials Conservation Trust and the Heritage Opportunities Group.

Ken set up the Kidderminster War Memorials Conservation Trust in 2002 to repair, maintain and restore war memorials in the town. One of the trust’s many achievements was ensuring the war memorial at St Mary’s Church was refurbished and expanded.

Chairman of Wyre Forest District Council, Councillor Shazu Miah said: “It is with great sadness that we learned of Ken Stokes’ passing. He lived in Broadwaters for more than 50 years and dedicated his time to improving the lives of everyone in the community. I would like to send his family and friends the sincere condolences of everyone here at Wyre Forest District Council.”

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