‘They broke the mould with Roy’

Roy Martin (right) at a happy occasion with his friend MP Norman Baker when a National Express coach was named after him last February.
Roy Martin (right) at a happy occasion with his friend MP Norman Baker when a National Express coach was named after him last February.
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THE FUNERAL of ‘Mr Polegate’ will take place today (June 22).

Roy Martin, who was a both a Polegate Town and Wealden District Councillor, died on May 30 following a short illness.

Many are expected to pay their respects at the service at St John’s Church.

The funeral will take place at the church at noon.

Polegate councillors, both past and present, are expected to attend the service.

A spokesperson from the council said, “Councillors and staff, both present and past, send their sincere condolences to his family and remember Roy with the greatest of affection.

“Having lived in the town for most of his 86 years, Roy gradually became an institution and to many residents he was simply Mr Polegate.”

Roy Martin was involved in many groups in the local area, served as an East Sussex County Councillor for many years and was well-know for his jazz band called the Jazz Caverners.

Cllr Malcolm Cunningham, from Polegate Town Council, said, “Roy cared passionately about Polegate and the people who live here.

“He worked hard to ensure he put us on the map and one achievement of which he was most proud was being instrumental in getting a by-pass built around the town.

“Roy was never afraid to speak his mind but he also brought great humour to the proceedings.

“It was not unusual to be told ‘it’s just hard luck Donald Duck’. They certainly broke the mould when they had made Roy.”

There will be family flowers only at the funeral and donations can be made to Cancer Research or Polegate’s Children with Cancer Fund.

Cheques should be made payable to the charities and sent via the Co-operative Funeral Care and 56 High Street, Polegate, BN26 6AD.