Hundreds attend funeral for long-serving councillor

PUBLISHED: 16:00 11 October 2011



A Somerset father-of-two who served on the county council for 32 years was honoured at his funeral last Friday by those he represented.

Alan Ham, who lived in Somerset all his life, died last month at the age of 73.

More than 300 people filled St John’s Church in Axbridge to pay tribute to the man who served the county for so long.

Ken Maddock, Leader of Somerset County Council, said: “Alan served his local area with great distinction and had a great rapport with the rural community.

“Always a gentleman, he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.”

Asked to summarise him in three words, fellow councillor Stephen Martin-Scott said: “He was always kind, understanding and knowledgeable.

“He worked tirelessly to improve the community and was on the button right up to the end.

“If you want to see what this man achieved, look around you.”

Alan was elected to the council in 1979 and was re-elected consecutively since then to serve for more than three decades, on top of his time as a Sedgemoor District Councillor.

He died on September 20 after a short illness.

He is survived by his wife Kathleen and two sons, Richard and Christopher.

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