Golden Age fair ‘a fitting tribute to Mac Cotterell’

The late councillor Mac Cotterell
The late councillor Mac Cotterell

The Golden Age Fair at Tydd St Giles this Friday (November 8) will serve as a fitting tribute to Councillor

Mac Cotterell MBE, who died two weeks ago (October 22), say fellow councillors.

Following Cllr Cotterell’s death, consideration was given to calling the fair off. But Councillor Steve Garratt, Fenland District Council’s portfolio holder responsible for older people, said: “We decided as a team to go ahead with it, believing that’s what Mac would have wanted. It will be a fitting tribute to him and a timely reminder of the massive contribution he made to Fenland life.”

Councillor Will Sutton, another member of the Golden Age team, said: “Mac was passionate about Golden

Age. He thought older people should be given better access to all sorts of services, particularly those who live in rural areas, and these fairs are one of his great legacies. We are determined to carry on his great work.”

Friday’s event is being held at Tydd St Giles village hall from 1-5pm. Because of the time of year, it is being held in the afternoon rather than the evening to make it easier for more people to attend.

About 35 organisations will be attending and providing a wide range of advice and information. They include

Age UK, the Alzheimer’s Society and the British Red Cross, as well as the police, NHS and fire service.

The New Horizons bus will also be there, with staff from the Fenland District Council, the Citizens Advice

Bureau and Roddons offering tips on ways to save money.

Mr Meccano will be bringing a model of a tram and carriage of the kind that used to operate on the Wisbech and Upwell tramway. The models run back and forwards on a 10ft-long track.

• Despite awful weather, there was a good turn-out at last month’s Golden Age surgery in Benwick. More than 20 people dropped in, 12 had mini-health checks and the Fenland Ferret identified more than £10,000 in benefits that people could be entitled to claim.