Des Carter was Clerk to Maghull Town Council for around 7 years if memory serves. He retired in 1995 but lived in Maghull until he died.
Des was without doubt one of the nicest people I have ever met. He was old school and always wore a business suit and tie at work. He was a highly qualified accountant who came to work for the Town Council when financially it was in a right old mess. He sorted all that out working with a councillor of that time called Merrick Stott, who was a retired bank manager. Merrick also died earlier this year and his obituary can be found on this blog site.
After Des retired and Merrick stood down from the Council the pair became good friends and ended up living within a quarter of a mile of each other in Maghull.
Des was the Town Clerk when the Council opened its innovative Youth Coffee Bar in Maghull Town Hall and he is pictured here with others on the opening night in November 1994:-
On one occasion I went to London with Des for a parish councils conference. We stayed overnight and went to see a play called ‘The Woman in Black’ in the evening. It was memorable because unknown to us there was a speaker under my seat and at the appropriate time a blood curdling scream came from it which nearly put Des and I on the ceiling we were so surprised.
I have no doubt that we have lost a good and decent public servant. In Andrew Blackburn’s words ‘he was a gentle man’ – RIP Des Carter
Notes – Please click on the photo to enlarge it
His funeral is at St. Andrew’s Church Maghull at 2.30pm on Wednesday 30th May – Unfortunately I can’t be there
The people in the photograph are from left to right, Des Carter – Town Clerk and Councillors Bruce Hubbard, Bill Chambers, Jim Byrne, Tony Robertson, Dot Wilson, Roy Connell, John Butterworth, Sheila Nelson, Audrey Beattie and Andrew Blackburn
With thanks to Andrew Blackburn for his help with this sad posting and providing the photograph