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11:10am Wednesday 9th October 2013 in Villages
RESIDENTS of Montpellier Road may have been surprised to see a neighbour grabbing national headlines at this week’s Conservative party conference.
Col Ian Brazier, better known locally as a member of the PCC and a founder member of the West Malvern Voices, caused a stir when he interrupted a speech by Defence Secretary Philip Hammond and was removed from the hall.
He was protesting, in his role as chairman of the Fusiliers Association, against the Government’s decision to abolish the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in which he served for 34 years prior to retirement in West Malvern.
West Malvern has lost yet another of its prominent citizens with the death of Shelagh Mason, aged 75, after a long period of ill health.
A native of Kinver, Staffordshire, she came to West Malvern in 1978 and with her husband Ron set up and ran the Meco village stores for 22 years, during which she got to know, and was known by, just about everyone in the community.
The shop was open seven days a week, and when Shelagh totted up all the weekends and bank holidays she and Ron had worked, added on the average three weeks annual holiday most people enjoyed, she reckoned they owed themselves three years of holiday.
So on closing the shop in 2000 they set off on a tour of USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia which eventually lasted three years and four months!
There will be a memorial service for Shelagh at St James’s Church at 4.30pm next Thursday, October 8.
COLIN JACKSON 01684 577604
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