Road is named after popular councillor

Polegate Town Council, High Street, Unveiling of roads signs named after Roy Martin November 16th 2012 E47022N'(L to R): Wealden District and Town Cllr, Cllr Ron Cussons, Chairman of the County Council Cllr Chris Dowling, the Mayor of Polegate Mr Malcolm Cunningham, son-in-law of Roy Martin, Harry Marshall, daughter of Roy Martin, Madeline Marshall, Mrs Rosamund Martin and MP Norman Baker
Polegate Town Council, High Street, Unveiling of roads signs named after Roy Martin November 16th 2012 E47022N'(L to R): Wealden District and Town Cllr, Cllr Ron Cussons, Chairman of the County Council Cllr Chris Dowling, the Mayor of Polegate Mr Malcolm Cunningham, son-in-law of Roy Martin, Harry Marshall, daughter of Roy Martin, Madeline Marshall, Mrs Rosamund Martin and MP Norman Baker
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A Polegate stalwart who died earlier this year has had a road named after him.

Family and friends of Cllr Roy Martin gathered for the unveiling of the road sign, just off the High Street in Polegate, last week.

‘Roy Martin Way’ street signs were unveiled by on Friday (November 16).

The Mayor of Polegate Cllr Malcolm Cunningham revealed the sign with Polegate MP Norman Baker.

The signs were put in the place and the road named after Roy to commemorate his service as a councillor for many years.

The naming of the street was initiated by Cllr Cunningham and supported by both the Polegate Town Council and Wealden District Council.

Fellow councillors and Roy Martin’s friends and family were delighted to see the road named after their loved-one – giving him even more recognition in the town .

Cllr Malcolm Cunningham said, “My idea was that this private road could be named after Roy as he dedicated so much of his life to the people of Polegate.

“I was thrilled that the town council supported this and the district voted to enable this to happen.

“Grateful thanks also to the owners of the land who allowed this to go forward.”

Family members attended the unveiling alongside fellow town councillors, and councillors from both the county and district councils.

Some of Roy’s friends from the jazz band he performed in were also present.

Plaques for both Roy Martin and Gerald Carter, who also passed this year, will be placed in the council garden in the High Street.

Roy Martin passed away on May 30 after a short illness. Tributes to the 86-year-old came flooding in for Roy as he was a popular member of the Polegate community.

At the time of his death, Polegate MP Norman Baker said, “He was a fantastic and unique character who was much loved in the town and beyond.”