Labour Group’s former Deputy Leader, Terry Walker, was appointed an Honorary Alderman of South Gloucestershire at a special council meeting last night. Terry retired from the Council in May of this year, having served the Kings Chase ward continuously for 34 years on Avon County and South Gloucestershire Councils. During this time he also chaired Avon Fire Authority with great distinction.
Prior to his illustrious local government service, Terry had served as MP for Kingswood between 1974 and 1979.
Nominating Terry, Labour Group leader Councillor Pat Rooney told the Council:
“It is fitting that we are honouring Terry Walker here – in Kingswood and more specifically in Kings Chase – as this is where he served the public as an elected representative for 40 years. I suspect he would have something to say about plans to close this building.
Terry started his political life at the bottom, by being elected as Member of Parliament for Kingswood on 28th February 1974, retaining the seat with an increased majority in the October election. In the national Conservative win of 1979 Terry lost out in Kingswood by just 303 votes.
Terry was quick to bounce back, being elected to Avon County Council in 1981 for this area, a position he held until its abolition in 1996. During that time he served as the authority’s chair. Then of course he was a member of South Gloucestershire Council for Kings Chase ward from its creation in 1995, retiring just this year.
Throughout his time in local government Terry chaired the Avon Fire Authority, which I know gave him much satisfaction, respect and affection. It is in the same spirit that I am very happy to nominate Terry Walker as an Alderman tonight.”
Terry’s nomination was seconded by Councillor Shirley Potts, who recalled her first election campaigns with Terry as “a baptism of fire”. She paid tribute to his fervour and told councillors that they would miss his “colourful” contribution to Council meetings.