Former mayor of Weston dies
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A former mayor of Weston-super-Mare has died at the age of 96.
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.
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.
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“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.”
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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.