Tributes to former mayoress

Kay Vickers
Kay Vickers

TRIBUTES have been paid to former Eastbourne mayoress Kay Vickers who passed away. Mrs Vickers was the wife of Aubrey Vickers, Eastbourne’s longest serving politician, and served as mayoress of the town between 1990 and 1991.

Mr Vickers, who lives at the home the couple shared in Meads, won 22 of his 22 elections fought over a 50-year period and is an Honorary Alderman.

Mrs Vickers died in the Pentlow Nursing Home and her funeral was held at St Andrew’s Church in Blackwater Road earlier this month.

Among the mourners were Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd, former Conservative MP Nigel Waterson and more than 100 well wishers from across the town. Aubrey, Kay’s husband, led the family group including the couple’s sons Andrew Vickers and Sir John Vickers and members of Kay’s extended family from the north of England.

Andrew, who together with his brother John went to Meads Primary School, and were educated at Eastbourne Grammar School and Eastbourne College, said, “Both John and I spoke as part of an appreciation of Kay’s life and contribution to the town. Remarks were also made about Kay’s magnetic personality and unique ability to engage with people.

“The service combined happy memories with sadness and the tone acknowledged the 56-year partnership between Kay and Aubrey.”