Fitting tribute to Mac

Golden Age Fair tribute to the late Mac Cotterell
Golden Age Fair tribute to the late Mac Cotterell

The banner greeting visitors to the Golden Age Fair spelled out the special significance of the day and the event.

“In Memory of Councillor Mac Cotterell MBE, the founder of the Golden Age concept,” it said.

“He will be remembered for his commitment to improving the quality of life for people living in rural areas and for his dedication to supporting older people in Fenland through the Golden Age project. He leaves a tremendous legacy.”

The fair, held at Tydd St Giles community centre on November 8, coincided with Cllr Cotterell’s funeral. Its success underlined the value of the project he founded a decade ago.

Thirty-five organisations offering a huge range of services for the over-60s had stalls and more than 130 visitors came along.

Councillor Steve Garratt, FDC’s portfolio holder responsible for Golden Age, visited the fair after attending Cllr Cotterell’s funeral.

He said: “It was a fitting tribute to Mac and a special celebration of his life and work. I did the rounds and spoke to all the stallholders. Every single one was delighted to be involved with Golden Age and said they had made a lot of useful contacts with other organisations as well as being able to help individual residents there on the day.

“We had fantastic support from the parish council and the local Women’s Institute, who laid on a great spread for everyone.”

Twenty-six people were given mini-health checks, with a number being referred on to Mytime Active’s health trainers who work in local surgeries.

The New Horizons bus was also there, with staff from the Fenland District Council, the Citizens’ Advice Bureau and Roddons offering tips on how to save money.

One of the day’s most popular activities was New Age Kurling, with people from three villages - Tydd St Giles, Newton and Elm – saying they want to start up teams as a result.

The Golden Age team are now looking into promoting the game more widely across the district. That, too, would be a fitting tribute to Cllr Cotterell – it was one of his dreams to start a Golden Age over-60s league.

Pictured is Julie Randall, community support officer at FDC, with the banner.