Former mayor dies on his wedding anniversary

John Roberts served Buckingham for 28 years
John Roberts served Buckingham for 28 years

A former mayor has passed away at the age of 84 on his 58th wedding anniversary.

John Roberts, who served the town of Buckingham for 28 years, had been in hospital for nine weeks, following a heart attack.

Born in in Spalding, in Lincs, former jockey Mr Roberts arrived in Buckingham in 1951 to take up work riding out horses for Mr and Mrs Keane at their stables.

He married Norma Burt in 1956 and was elected to Buckingham Borough Council in 1966, after standing as an independent candidate.

Mr Roberts was re-elected in 1968 and again in 1971. In 1992, he was made an Honorary Freeman of the town.

He was mayor of Buckingham in 1974 when Buckingham Borough Council was replaced by Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) and retired from the council in 1995.

Mr Roberts lived in Western Avenue for 47 years, moving to Mary MacManus Drive three years ago, after his wife’s health deteriorated.

He also leaves daughters Carole and Patricia, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at Buckingham Parish Church at 11am on Monday, October 20. Donations can be made via HW Mason & Sons of Stony Stratford.