Former mayor of Weston dies

PUBLISHED: 19:00 05 March 2019 | UPDATED: 15:53 06 March 2019

Maurice Watts was the mayor of Weston from 1978-79. Picture: Chris Millard

Maurice Watts was the mayor of Weston from 1978-79. Picture: Chris Millard

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A former mayor of Weston-super-Mare has died at the age of 96.

Former Weston Mayor, Cllr Maurice Watts and Muriel Watts, during his mayor making at Grove House.       Picture: WESTON MERCURYFormer Weston Mayor, Cllr Maurice Watts and Muriel Watts, during his mayor making at Grove House. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Maurice Watts was the town’s mayor from 1978-79 and served as a Labour councillor for the Milton ward for many years from the 1970s to the 1990s.

He played almost 260 times for Weston Rugby Club’s first team as a front-row forward during the 40s and 50s.

Maurice was also a Woodspring District councillor and Weston Operatic Society’s president for 30 years from 1979.

Maurice Watts (left) died aged 96. Picture: Mark AthertonMaurice Watts (left) died aged 96. Picture: Mark Atherton

Ken Coles, who replaced Maurice as the society’s president, said: “Maurice was a really nice chap, he was an old Westonian and was very supportive of the town.

“His politics did not interfere with what he thought. He always wanted to do what he thought was good for Weston.

“Maurice was a real gent.”

Former Weston Mayor, Cllr Maurice Watts and Muriel Watts, during his mayor making at Grove House.       Picture: WESTON MERCURYFormer Weston Mayor, Cllr Maurice Watts and Muriel Watts, during his mayor making at Grove House. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

The rugby club will hold a minute’s silence before the first XV’s game against Newton Abbott at The Recreation Ground on Saturday at 2.30pm.

His funeral will be held at 1.30pm on March 14 at Weston Crematorium.

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