Ashbourne councillor Tony Millward BEM lost his long battle against cancer in the early hours of this morning (3 September) at St Oswald's Hospital in the town.
Ashbourne north ward member for Derbyshire Dales District Council for the past 15 years and Ashbourne Mayor in 2002/03, Councillor Millward, who was 73, was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 2014 for services to the community of Ashbourne.
A stalwart of Ashbourne life, Councillor Millward had been chairman of Ashbourne Town Band, Ashbourne and District Gardening Club and the local branch of the Royal British Legion and was also a former vice-chairman of the Highland Gathering. In 2002 he was granted the rare honour of turning up the Shrovetide ball, when he deputised for his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.
Representative and fundraiser for the local 2nd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters), he received the 'Mercian Penny' in 2016 and raised more than £5,700 during his year as Chairman of the District of the Derbyshire Dales in 2012/13 for the regiment's benevolent fund for wounded soldiers and their families.
In August 2012 he undertook a six mile sponsored walk on crutches to highlight the difficulties faced by injured and disabled service personnel, repeating the feat the following March. Other beneficiaries of his fund-raising efforts in 2012/13 included Ashbourne Town Band.
As a thank-you from the regiment, Councillor Millward was introduced to the Prince of Wales during a presentation of colours to the Mercians at Sixways Stadium in Worcester and in 2013 received the Mercian Regiment Commendation for Valuable Service.
Leader of Derbyshire Dales District Council, Councillor Lewis Rose OBE said:
“Tony was an Ashburnian through and through and a wonderful ambassador for the town in all the many organisations he was involved with. He will be sorely missed as one the highly respected Members of the Council.”
Councillor Millward leaves a widow Linda, a son and a daughter.
The funeral service will take place at 1.15pm on Friday, 14 September, at St Oswald’s Church.