TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Bewdley mayor who has died following a short illness.

Anne Mace, aged 84, served on Bewdley Town Council for over 10 years as a member of the Independent Health Concern party representing Wribbenhall Ward.

She was also a Wyre Forest District Councillor for four years. She served as mayor in 2007 and 2008.

Anne grew up in the south of England and spent a long career in the NHS, spanning 32 years.

She held posts including ward sister, matron, chief nursing officer, and director of quality assurance. She was a justice of the peace and, following her retirement and move to Bewdley she worked with the Citizens’ Advice Bureau as well as the Royal British Legion Women’s Section, Women’s Institute and the Wyre Forest Action Group for Older People.

She had a great interest in voluntary work and helping others and she was instrumental in the creation of the ‘Together Group’, organising regular events and luncheons for older people in the local community to combat isolation or loneliness.

Anne’s church and beliefs were also very important to her. She died on Monday (January 10).

Her close friend and colleague, councillor Liz Davies, said: “Anne loved living in Bewdley and really made it her home.

"She has touched many lives and will be truly missed by all who knew her".