THE first mayor of Mold Town Council will retire as a councillor this week.
Cllr Tony Cattermoul was mayor of Mold in 1979, when the council first chose to appoint a mayor rather than a chairman.
Since then he has been made mayor again twice, in 1992 and 2009, but has chosen not to stand again in today’s elections.
Cllr Cattermoul, who is also a former county councillor, said: “One of the things that stands out for me from my time on the town council is the co-operation amongst members to get things done and their persistence with things like Bailey Hill cottage and the skateboard park.
“Over the past nearly 40 years one of the great things is we’ve had four really first-class clerks which makes a huge difference and marks us out from many other town and community councils.”
He added: “I know the town council doesn’t have any great powers but it certainly has persistence and they don’t let go of things that easily. In a way that’s what made it worthwhile.”
At Cllr Cattermoul’s last council meeting on Wednesday, April 25, mayor of Mold Ray Dodd paid tribute to his service.
He said: “He has a special place in our assembly because he is the only remaining member of the original town council formed from the urban district council in 1974. This is the end of an era.”
His wife Cllr Carolyn Cattermoul, a town and county councillor for the Mold West ward, is also standing down.
Cllr Cattermoul said they planned to spend a lot of time relaxing and at their second home in France.