Honoured for 25 years of village devotion

Barry Mears awarded for 25 years of service SUS-141112-092718001
Barry Mears awarded for 25 years of service SUS-141112-092718001

A COUNCILLOR said it is ‘lovely’ to have been honoured for 25 years of service to Sompting.

Honoured for his long- standing position as chairman of Sompting Parish Council and his contribution to the community, Barry Mears said the award came as a ‘complete surprise’.

At Sompting Parish Council’s full meeting on Wednesday last week, Mr Mears was presented with the trophy and treated to a buffet.

He said: “It’s lovely. I have really enjoyed the parish here.

“Everyone of us at the parish work for nothing, we don’t take any expenses.

“We discuss everything as a team. Party politics do not come into it.”

Mr Mears is also the district councillor for Sompting, Cokeham Ward. During the late-1980s, the Labour candidate worked relentlessly to gain a seat on the council.

“My party was third place at the time and we never got a seat,” said Mr Mears.

“I went through six months of talking to people and telling them what I stood for.”

Vice- chairman of the parish council, Sharon Wood, said: “It’s in recognition for someone who dedicated their life to public service.

“And the thing we really appreciate at the parish council is that it’s completely free of party politics, none of the councillors here is paid and it’s all down to Barry’s leadership.”

Mr Mears also writes a fortnightly column for the Herald.