Tributes paid to a ‘brilliant’ man

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Tribute has been paid to former Wisbech Mayor and councillor, Bruce Wegg (86), who died overnight on Friday. Wisbech Town Council clerk, Erbie Murat, was one of the first people to give a moving tribute saying: “I appreciated Bruce as a councillor and respected him as a person.”

Mr Murat said it was with the “saddest of hearts” that he received the news of Mr Wegg’s death, adding: “My thoughts are with Brenda and their family.”

He said it had been an “honour and a privilege” to have worked with Mr Wegg, who brought a vast range of experience to decisions that affect the people of Wisbech and the district.

He also paid tribute to Mr Wegg as an excellent musician, honoured by the London College of Music in 2009 when he was made a fellow of the college in recognition of his contribution to music in the Eastern region and particularly his work with choirs.

Mr Wegg was a long-serving organist at Wisbech’s St Peter’s Church as well as an outstanding choirmaster at St Peter’s and member of the Clarkson Singers.

Mr Wegg was the holder of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Certificate in Church Music which was presented by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Robert Runcie.

Father Paul West said Mr Wegg would have celebrated 40 years this year as organist and choirmaster.

He described Mr Wegg as a “sweet, generous English gentleman”. He said the congregation at Sunday’s mass were heart-broken and that a single rose and lighted candle was placed on the organ stool.

Conservative councillor Mr Wegg was Mayor of Wisbech in 2004. He became a Fenland District councillor in May 1999 and represented the Hill Ward in Wisbech until his death.

During his time on the district council, Mr Wegg served on the Planning Committee, the Overview and Scrutiny Panel, the Overview and Scrutiny Policy Pane and the Licensing Committee.

District council leader Alan Melton said he was a “brilliant” member of the authority who will be sadly missed and someone who really cared about Wisbech.

A funeral service takes place on November 8 at St Peter’s Church at 12.15pm.