SWT pays tribute to John Meikle MBE
06 November 2020 : Council news
Somerset West and Taunton Council has paid tribute to ex-Councillor, Past Mayor and Freeman of the Borough John Meikle MBE who passed away this week.
Mr Meikle served as a councillor for 58 years having been first elected in 1958 to represent the Wilton Ward on Taunton Town Council.
He became Mayor of Taunton in 1967 and was leader of Taunton Deane Borough Council from 1974 to 1991.
Mr Meikle’s remarkable dedication was recognised in 1988 when he was made an MBE for services to local government.
In 2004 he was also given the rare honour of being made a Freeman of the Borough of Taunton Deane.
Leader of SWT, Cllr Federica Smith- Roberts, said: “John Meikle was a true gentleman and was universally respected for his wisdom and his unparalleled contribution to public life.
"His dedication to the community he served and the legacy he has left across the wider area has been immense.
“It was fitting that his tremendous achievements during over 50 years of public service were recognised when John Meikle was made a “Freeman of the Borough” - an honour granted to only a handful of recipients.
"His passing will be a huge loss to his family and the community that he loved to serve.”