Organised Jenny retires as mayor’s secretary

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AS SECRETARY for the mayor of St Edmundsbury, Jenny Bradin has organised countless events.

However, the Mayor’s New Year’s Eve Charity Ball will be her last when she officially retires from the post she has held for nine years.

The 66-year-old said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every single minute of it.

“You have to get on well with all sorts of people and it’s about teamwork as well – especially with my colleagues at St Edmundsbury Borough Council, who have been terrific over the years.”

Mrs Bradin, of Coney Weston, took on the role after working at Tattersalls, in Newmarket, as PA to the director of finance.

Her first mayor was David Lockwood and her responsibilities have seen her organise all mayoral engagements and civic events such as royal visits and homecoming parades.

She also oversaw the funerals of Senior Aircraftman Luke Southgate and Lance Corporal Adam Drane, who were killed while serving in Afghanistan.

Mrs Bradin’s highlights include the Queen’s visit to Bury in 2009 and an Apache helicopter landing on Angel Hill as part of the Freedom of the Borough for 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, which was also attended by Prince Charles.

She said: “I’ve worked very closely with the police and, in particular, I would like to thank Chief Inspector Martin Barnes-Smith and the local police who have been extremely helpful with road closures.

“Also a thank you to my chief executive Geoff Rivers, who has supported me throughout the years.”

A presentation involving current and former colleagues was held to mark her retirement and gifts received included two watches.

Mrs Bradin now plans to help organise the Benjamin Britten Festival 2013 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral while enjoying hobbies tennis, skiing and walking.

Her replacement is Ruth Pusterla, who has previously worked in HR for the council.