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Attleborough pays its final respects to former mayor

PUBLISHED: 10:52 08 October 2015 | UPDATED: 11:10 08 October 2015

Funeral of Sidney Wilson at St Mary's Church, Attleborough.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Funeral of Sidney Wilson at St Mary's Church, Attleborough. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2015

The community of Attleborough has paid its final respects to the town's first mayor and a tireless supporter of local good causes.

A guard of honour made up of fellow firefighters surrounded Sidney Wilson during his funeral at St Mary’s Church yesterday.

Mr Wilson, who died aged 91 on September 22, had been involved with dozens of community groups including St John’s Ambulance, Attleborough Players, the Town Twinning Group and Gaymers Bowls Club.

The grandfather-of-five also served as a retained firefighter for 28 years.

He played for Attleborough Town Football Club, helped build the bus shelter, the library and the extension to the police station and, in 1980, joined the town council. Eight years later he made history as the first elected mayor of Attleborough.

His daughter Sara Wilson said: “He was a caring man and just liked helping people.

“Everybody in the town knew him and liked him and the kind words we’ve had are a fitting tribute to our dad.”

Would you like to pay tribute to Mr Wilson? Email lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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