Early beginnings of Isle pavilion and trade base

Don Stewart (third right), of Epworth, opens the Ealand Industrial Estate in 1988. Picture: Andrew Roe
Don Stewart (third right), of Epworth, opens the Ealand Industrial Estate in 1988. Picture: Andrew Roe

Isle stalwart Don Stewart led has led an interesting political career.

The 72-year-old served as Mayor of Boothferry in 1986.

The opening of Thurlow village hall in 1986. Picture: Andrew Roe

The opening of Thurlow village hall in 1986. Picture: Andrew Roe

He had a ceremonial role which saw him attend events and functions across the Isle of Axholme.

Mr Stewart has provided these pictures this week showing him out and about fulfilling mayoral duties in the region.

The first picture, top right, shows him far left with other delegates opening Thurlow Pavilion in Epworth in 1986.

Work has recently been undertaken to modernise the facility, which has served community groups well for nearly 30 years.

Don Stewart, of Epworth, looks at old photographs during his year as mayor. Picture: Andrew Roe

Don Stewart, of Epworth, looks at old photographs during his year as mayor. Picture: Andrew Roe

It is used on a daily basis for various clubs and groups including zumba, art groups and various dance groups.

The pavilion was built on the principles of maintaining low rental costs in order to allow as many people to benefit from the facilities as possible.

Refurbishment work includes new windows, doors, floors, central heating system, ceiling, kitchen and toilet facilities.

The other photograph shows Mr Stewart, third on the right, with business leaders at the official opening of Ealand Industrial Estate in 1988.

Mr Stewart, of West End Road, Sandtoft, has served as a councillor for more than three decades and is currently chairman of Epworth Town Council. He recently told us how he attempted to set a new world record by becoming the first serving mayor to complete a full marathon while in full mayoral robes and chains.

He completed the feat in the summer sun of 1986.

But the marathon mayor did not make it into the Guinness Book of World Records, with organisers apparently saying it “wasn’t something they would list as a world record.”

Mr Stewart also met Prince Charles at a business function and Princess Diana at the official opening of Humberside Airport in the 1980s.

He said: “I have always been so grateful to members of the public for voting for me.

“It has allowed me to meet some fantastic people and I have always tried to serve the people the best I can do.”

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