LONG-SERVING secretary to the mayor and town clerk of Lyme Regis, Pat Stamp, was given a bit of a surprise at Saturday’s carnival - her very own float so the whole town could wave goodbye before her retirement this week.
Pat has served the town council for over 30 years, seeing many town clerks and mayors come and go, including my dad during the 1980s.
She’s now a close family friend - my dad was best man and my sister and I were bridesmaids at her Caribbean wedding to Mr Stamp 15 years ago. (I wasn’t very good at it, as I’d never been further than France and suffered horredous jet lag, meaning I’d collapsed by 6pm each night - including on Pat’s hen night - sorry for that!)
So we know that Pat would have been a little embarrassed having to ride down the town to “The Final Countdown” on Saturday, while her council colleagues sniggered behind! But, as usual, she took it all as good fun and, I’m sure, had a great time in the end.
Well down to the staff for organising such a great send off and congratulations Pat - you’ll be missed in the council offices!