Honorary Alderman title posthumously awarded to dedicated Tamworth councillor

Thursday, 14th March 2019

A DEDICATED and passionate Tamworth borough councillor has been posthumously awarded the title of ‘Honorary Alderman’ in recognition of his services to the people of Tamworth.

Steve Claymore passed away on Saturday, February 2, aged 62, after a short illness. Cllr Claymore was the town’s current-serving Cabinet member for Heritage and Growth and was in the final few months of his third successive term as a Castle ward councillor, since being elected to the council in 2007.

During that time, Cllr Claymore made a big impression on the authority, the town and the wider regional economy, where he was a passionate and staunch advocate of Tamworth.

Tributes were paid to Steve during a special meeting of the Full Council in Tamworth recently where councillors unanimously voted to have his outstanding efforts officially recognised with the conferring of the title of Honorary Alderman.

Steve is now added to an elite club of community servants who have made a real difference to the town and its residents over the years.

Proposing the motion, Leader of the Council, Cllr Daniel Cook, said: “Cllr Steve Claymore was my brother in arms, he was my partner and he was my friend. The things he achieved for Tamworth were fundamentally phenomenal.  His work with the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP, his work with the combined authority, his work with the Local Plan in Tamworth and his handling of the economy in Tamworth is simply superb.

“The benefits of his time as a councillor are out there for all residents to see, he did it with a distinction, a passion and a pure belief that the residents of Tamworth deserved better than the status quo.

“I’m happy to nominate Councillor Steve Claymore for the position of Honorary Alderman of the Borough of Tamworth, a title he is more than worthy of.”

The nomination was seconded by Leader of the Opposition, Cllr Simon Peaple, before being put to the vote of the rest of the council. He said: “I can say without reservation, members on my group were devastated when they heard about Cllr Claymore’s death. He was a man who sat opposite, but who nevertheless always reached out, always discussed, always wanted to work together as far as we could. He was a really valued colleague, obviously to his political colleagues, but to all of us councillors. I believe that the way he acted to each of us made him an absolute gentleman.

“Cllr Claymore is remembered with affection and respect for being a very decent person who cared about his town. He cared hugely about his family and we know that caring people extend that care to a wider group, which is what makes the best councillors and Cllr Claymore was the best of those people.”

Steve had a passion for Tamworth and has been a key driver of growth, development and investment, including the £6.1m Enterprise Quarter project and the refurbishment of Tamworth Assembly Rooms.

He also represented the interests of Tamworth on a regional scale on a number of external partnerships and was a founding member of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.

Steve leaves his wife, Rosemary, two children, grandchildren, family and many friends.

The title of Honorary Alderman is conferred upon borough councillors who have made a positive difference to the town through exceptional service.