Town to say goodbye to former mayor Valerie Moulton
The Sudbury flag will be flown at half mast on Friday as former borough mayor Valerie Moulton is laid to rest.
Valerie died aged 90 and her funeral will take place at St John’s Methodist Church in Sudbury at 11am.
The community stalwart became mayor in 1976 and served as a town councillor for many years alongside husband Russell and other relatives.
She was involved in a number of organisations in the community, including the Co-operative Women’s Guild, the women’s branch of the Royal British Legion, and was a member of Sudbury Town Twinning Association.
She also served as chairman of the Stour Valley Centre committee, and was instrumental in the running of a day centre for the elderly at Belle Vue House.
Jacqui Howells, Sudbury Town Council clerk, said: “Valerie was a much-respected councillor who was not afraid to stand up for what she believed.
“She was passionate about Sudbury and admired for her work locally.
“Even when she retired from the town council, she still took an avid interest in council affairs and would often make her opinion known if she disapproved of decisions made.”
Nicki Dixon, former Sudbury town councillor, said: “I remember Valerie from being a little girl and she was a good friend to my parents.
“I remember her being mayor in the 1970s and she loved Sudbury very much. She was a lovely lady who knew a lot of people.”
Current Sudbury mayor Sue Ayres added: “She was a wonderful person and a great mayor.”