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MEMORIAL EVENT: Date to celebrate life of Brian Mortimer and Paddy Ashdown

Tuesday 20th July 2021

A SPECIAL memorial evening to celebrate the life and work of former Maidstone Mayor Brian Mortimer and marine Paddy Ashdown will be held this Friday.

Former electrician and Liberal Democrat activist Brian Mortimer lived in Coxheath for more than 30 years and became Mayor in 2011.

As well as his political career, Mr Mortimer was well known for his love of custard pies and revived the annual World Custard Pie Championship after a long hiatus.

At Mr Mortimer's funeral in 2019, traffic stopped between College Avenue and Knightrider Street while his cortège passed.

Paddy Ashdown, the former Liberal Democrat leader and ex-marine, died aged 77 after a short battle with bladder cancer.

Ian Patrick MBE, who started working for Paddy Ashdown shortly after the1997 General Election, will be talking about his life and times as a former aide.

Ian also organised the memorial service at Westminster Abbey to celebrate Paddys’s life in 2019.

The free event will take place at Allington Community Association in Castle Road at 7.30pm on July 23.

There will also be a bar and raffle on the day.

RSVP James Willis 07838 103350, (