Road named in honour of Caister community stalwart

Jack Chase who has served Caister for the last 83 years. A reception was held for Jack at Caister vi

Jack Chase who has served Caister for the last 83 years. A reception was held for Jack at Caister village hall. - Credit: Archant © 2010

A community stalwart will be remembered in the village he served for more than 80 years when a road named in his honour is unveiled.

The newly-coined Jack Chase Way will be revealed at a special ceremony in Caister tomorrow, to mark his dedicated service to the community where he was so well known.

Mr Chase was one of the country's longest serving councillors after standing on Caister Parish Council for 83 years.

The great-grandfather also represented his home town on the Blofield and Flegg Rural District Council and Great Yarmouth Borough Council.

On Monday, family, friends and colleagues of the centenarian, who died in November 2010 aged 104, will gather for the unveiling of the plaque, which will name the northern end of Caister bypass as Jack Chase Way.

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A resident of Yarmouth Road, Mr Chase served as an officer in the RAF during the second world war and worked as a builder.

As well as a long standing councillor he was also a governor at Caister High School, a former captain and first president of Caister Golf Club, a churchwarden at Holy Trinity church and sat on the Norfolk Association of Disabled People.

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In 2002, he was awarded the Freedom of the Borough and his contribution to the area was marked with a special memorial service at Great Yarmouth Minster, six months after his death.

A memorial holly oak tree was also planted in the grounds of the high school to commemorate his work as a governor.

In interviews with the Mercury, he had spoken of his pride in his visible achievements in Caister, which included overseeing the start of work on the sea wall in the 1930s to protect the village.

He married wife Kathleen in 1931; she died in 1992, and there are three surviving children.

The road plaque will be unveiled at 11am tomorrow.

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