TRIBUTES have been paid to former Mayor of Droitwich Spa Shaun Finest who died yesterday on the age of 69.

Shaun was a real monner, having being born and introduced up within the city.

In Could 2017 he was given his dream position of being mayor of the city he beloved which he described as an ‘monumental honour’.

In his 12 months he oversaw the Picnic within the Park for John Corbett’s 200th birthday and the salt on the barge venture on the St Richard’s Competition.

Being the extremely regarded proficient musician he was – engaged on cruise liners and enjoying a wide range of venues from theatres, church buildings and pubs – there have been a number of music occasions throughout his yr of workplace.

These included the 300th anniversary of the composition of Handel’s Water Music on a barge in Vines Park, the Civic Service of 9 Classes and Carols at St Andrew’s Park.

He described his yr in workplace as an pleasant ‘roller-coaster’ for him and his spouse Helen, throughout which period they generated funds for the Droitwich Challengers Gateway Membership and St Richard’s Hospice.

Coun Richard Morris was a great pal of Shaun’s and nominated him to turn out to be mayor.

He sadi: “He was a real Droitwich individual, very dependable and a musical genius.

“We’re so unhappy our nice and true pal has left us.

“He lived an ideal life, had Droitwich neighborhood at coronary heart, he was a real monner and a gent – he’ll at all times be with us on his Talbot stool and on the rugby.”

Shaun was a member of the Norbury Theatre for the reason that 1970s together with his major involvement referring to music.

Shaun was musical director, composer and arranger for a lot of the theatre’s productions, together with the primary ever newbie manufacturing of ‘Excessive Society’ for which Shaun was band chief.

Shaun additionally hung out working the Norbury bar.

Norbury Theatre chairman Anne Lane stated: “Shaun was simply enjoyable – he was the life and soul of the get together.

“He was simply nice to be with, actually labored exhausting on productions and occasions and would at all times encourage everybody, particularly the youngsters, to rise up on the stage and have a go.

“He was an extremely proficient musician – you’ll go right into a pub, he would sit at a piano and he would ask you for a music – say Paint it Black by the Rolling Stones. He would then a composer and you’ll say ‘Vivaldi’ and he would play Paint It Black within the type of Vivaldi – it was wonderful.

“You’ll be able to’t take into consideration instances with Shaun with out smiling.

“He was an ideal asset to the Norbury, Droitwich and music itself – he will probably be deeply missed.

“We had been so saddened to listen to of his passing and our ideas are with Helen and their household.”

Coun Alan Humphries added: “Shaun beloved Droitwich and was a part of the material of the city.

“He was such a bigger than life character and was concerned in virtually each a part of Droitwich life.

“He will probably be drastically missed by me and many individuals – this can be a very unhappy loss to the city.”

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