Long Melford councillor recognised following retirement after 45 years of service
A long-serving Long Melford councillor, who has retired after 45 years, has been gifted with a special painting in honour of his service.
Richard Kemp stepped down as a member of both the parish council and Babergh District Council following this week’s elections.
At the annual parish meeting last week, fellow parish and district councillor John Nunn presented a watercolour painting by local artist Vernon Lever to Mr Kemp, as a token of appreciation for his work on behalf of the village.
Following the presentation, Mr Kemp told the Free Press: “I very much appreciated the kind gesture from Long Melford Parish Council.
“Of course, there are many aspects of the work I will miss, although that will be tempered somewhat by the fact that I am still a serving county councillor and have two years yet to run on my term, so I will still be able to enjoy trying to help people.”