Tributes to former mayor

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A former mayor and active community man has been remembered by those who loved him.

Derek Gladman died aged 84 on September 11. Derek, of Lincoln Road, Stamford, was mayor of Stamford in 1978 and 1979, and served on the town council for 19 years between 1972 and 1991. He was also a member of Stamford Borough Council from 1970 to 1972, and Lincolnshire County Council from 1974 to 1978.

Derek’s son Howard said: “He was a very public-spirited man. He gave huge amounts of time for the town and its people.

“He helped many people.”

Derek was a member of the Labour Party and was an electrician’s representative on the Trade Union Council.

He was in the Grenadier Guards from 1947 and served in Germany and Austria. Derek took part in the Berlin airlift and served at all the royal palaces. For many years he worked for the Department for the Environment at RAF Wittering and in 1993 was awarded the Imperial Service Medal.

Derek co-founded the Stamford ex-Mayors Guild and was involved in many other groups around the town.