Former mayor celebrates her centenary on New Year’s Day

Former mayor celebrates her centenary on New Year's Day

Audrey Sturley was a member of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council from 1983 until 1996 and represented Speldhurst & Bidborough.

During her time, she served as Chair of the Planning Committee and was Mayor of Tunbridge Wells for the year 1993-94.

A retirement housing complex in Rusthall – Audrey Sturley Court – was named after the popular councillor when it was built in 1991.

Mrs Sturley was born on January 1, 1922, the year that the Irish Free State was formed, the precursor to Irish independence.

David Lloyd George was Prime Minister, the last Liberal to take the office, and George V was on the throne.

The former mayor married her late husband Bob, an army officer, during the 1940s, and accompanied him on many overseas postings.

The pair spent a lot of time in Africa among other places.

They have two children, a son and a daughter.

Mrs Sturley lives in Langton Green and was visited at the weekend by past colleagues at the council who wished the centenarian a happy birthday.

Among them was former leader of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, David Jukes, who told the Times: “What can I say about Audrey – she was certainly well-respected and was an exceptional councillor but being an army wife was also strict disciplinarian. She did not suffer fools gladly.

“She still enjoys a gin and tonic every evening, which is probably what has kept her going for so long. We wished her a wonderful birthday and hope there are many more to follow.”



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