4th Aug, 2020

Memorial plan is on agenda

Rob George 14th Nov, 2019

A PERMANENT tribute to former Claines councillor Stuart Denlegh-Maxwell who died suddenly last summer just over a year after returning to the council will be debated by council chiefs next week.

The respected Conservative died last June at the age of 60, leaving behind a wife, four children and four grandchildren. Mr Denlegh-Maxwell returned to the Guildhall in May 2018 after a 24-year gap from Worcester politics to continue his family’s long association with serving the city.

He served the people of Claines between 1988 and 1994 before stepping down to work and family commitments.

Former Claines colleague Coun Andy Stafford has put forward a proposal for Tuesday’s (November 19) council meeting for a bench in his memory in the new Riverside Park.

“The River Severn was of particular significance to Stuart, in his childhood he would swim in the river, he had a long term association with the rowing club, and would regularly walk his dog Daisy along the riverside,” said Coun Stafford.

“Stuart was a strong supporter of the Riverside Park and took a keen interest in its development.

“In order to provide a tribute to Stuart and to mark the City’s appreciation of his service, I hope the council will back a request a bench in the newly-created Riverside Park is dedicated to his memory,” he added. Both Mr Denlegh-

Maxwell’s father Neil and grandfather were parish priests in the city and his mother’s family have lived in the area for many generations.

Mr Denlegh-Maxwell’s mother Anna was a magistrate for 25 years on the Worcester bench while his grandfather Roger Bertie Roberts was the grandson of John Corbett, also known as the Salt King. John Corbett represented Droitwich in Parliament for 17 years, was a great philanthropist of his day and did much to transform Droitwich, leaving an indelible print on the town.

Mr Denlegh-Maxwell’s roots extend further with connections to the Pakingtons and a picture of his ancestor, Sir John Pakington, can be found in the Guildhall.

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