TWO of Frodsham’s most high profile town councillors have ‘called it a day’ and given up their seats after 20 years.
Councillors Brian and Christine Lloyd will attend their last town council meeting next week after the husband and wife team decided not to stand for re-election.
The couple joined the then parish council together in 1991, and both have served as Frodsham’s mayor.
Brian, 70, is currently wearing the mayoral chain for the second time, and during his first term of office in 1993/4 he memorably ‘came out from behind the chain’ and spent countless hours shadowing local community service teams, including police, ambulance, binmen, milkmen and meals on wheels – even working a crack-of-dawn stint at the Devonshire Bakery – to gain a valuable insight into their work.
He also served as Frodsham North ward member on the former Vale Royal Borough Council from 1995 until it was replaced by Cheshire West and Chester Council in 2009.
The couple said they had enjoyed their council service and had ‘always worked as a team’, supporting each other’s efforts on behalf of the community, including the notable 17 years Christine spent as the town council’s representative on Frodsham Youth Club management committee.
“I couldn’t have done 90% of these things without Christine,” said Brian.
They said highlights of their community leadership included their involvement with local schools and helping to give young residents a voice by organising mock councils, and helping to establish Frodsham’s successful twinning link with community counterparts in Kelsterbach, Germany.
Now they felt the need to make time for other things, primarily seeing more of their three-year-old grandson, Sebastian.
Brian is also keen to continue raising funds for Claire House Children’s Hospice and other charities with his popular presentations and after-dinner talks about his heroes of comedy.
“We’re having a breather to see what else we want to do next,” said Brian.
The couple are both staunch Labour supporters and they said releasing themselves from the council meant they could also devote more time to party politics – something they had ‘done their best to keep out of the town council’.
“I must admit, I’m not as enamoured with the town council as I was in the early days, it’s more hard-nosed than it used to be,” said Brian.
“Maybe that’s just the times, but you do lose energy a bit and it’s too aggressive for me now.”
Wishing the new council well for the future, Brian and Christine, who were both born and raised in Frodsham, said: “We’d like to think that people will remember us for doing our best for this community.
“Frodsham is a lovely place and there are a lot of good things going on. Community is the most important thing.”